Jodi Sta. Maria may have a strict schedule but she’s never too busy for the “blessing” of her life, Thirdy. Apart from their baking and pottery activities, the mother and son also bond through storytelling.
In an exclusive interview, Jodi revealed that Thirdy loves to read books, which is commendable given his young age, and so, every night after their “kwentuhan,” they still have more special moment together.
“Mahilig kasi siya magpabasa ng libro. Yun yung nagiging bonding namin.”
Based on multiple studies, reading helps develop children’s vocabularies and broadens perspectives, among other things.
“Napaka-important din kasi ng book reading kasi somehow it stimulates your mind. Para yung creativity mo and imagination mo gumagana. So it’s very important sa cognitive development din ng bata.”
Even more admirable, Jodi reads to Thirdy with not just typical books but “The Action Bible.” Written by Doug Mauss and illustrated by Sergio Cariello, the Action Bible is Biblical comic that makes learning wisdom of God more enjoyable for children.
“As a mother, I know that the Lord has entrusted me with something very special. Thirdy is a blessing. I know that God want me to raise him up God-fearing, loving him, and know him as well.”
It should be noted that Jodi is hitting two birds with one stone because not only is she encouraging her son to read more, she is also instilling Thirdy with God’s teaching. Both are quite important- crucial even- for every child.
Nevertheless, don’t just simply force a book on your child. Jodi has a gentle reminder for every parent and that is to know what their children want to read.
“Kunwari yung bata ang gusto si Wonder Woman pero pinipilit mong ipabasa Little Pony,” she joked. “So I think it’s very important that we know what they like or what they want so they find every bit of story interesting.”