Read-to Kids Reap Rewards

A fun, formative and family-friendly factoid from a recent survey or study in the news.

More parents are reading to their kids these days, and the trend may be yielding benefits. According to the latest report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 60% of children 3 to 5 years old were read to daily by a family member in 2005. That’s up from 53% in 1993. Meanwhile, the same report noted an uptick in high-school completion, with some 88% of young adults holding high-school diplomas in 2005. (That’s up from 84% in 1980.) A coincidence? Maybe. And maybe the writing is on the wall: Reading to kids never hurts and can only help. 

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.