Ben Affleck was recently photographed with his cutie patootie daughter, Seraphina, and it's not her outfit nor her dimples that are drawing attention. It's her reading material! Ben was carrying Seraphina out of a breakfast joint in L.A. and in his hands he held a book. But not a SpongeBob or Dora or even Dr. Seuss book. Nope, it was a Dickens book! Yeeesssss, you know, Dickens, right? I hope. Charles Dickens, my friends. Okay, it was a children's illustrated version of a bunch of Dickens classics. But, get this, the book is recommended reading material for children ages 9 to 12. And Seraphina is 3! Woah. Could Seraphina be a genius?
Okay, so maybe Seraphina wasn't exactly reading the book -- more like poppa was reading it to her. But she must be interested in it, because what dad brings a book to breakfast that the kid hates? That'd be torture! You know how it is with kids and books -- they get addicted to one and want to hear it over and over. And over.
My friends, I have some news for you. Seraphina's book is at a higher reading comprehension level than Fifty Shades of Grey. For reals.
Family lore has it that I was talking at 9 months old and reading shortly thereafter. Probably an exaggeration. Just a lil. But I was placed in a "gifted" reading course in second grade. While other kids were reading whatever it was they were reading, I was given adult magazines. Not those kind, you sickos. Reader's Digest and Newsweek. No doubt much of this ease with reading was a proclivity I was born with, but I also remember getting read to a lot by the adults in my family. In fact, lots of times, my mother just read me whatever she was reading. That meant I heard a lot of mystery and horror paperbacks. Not exactly Dickens, but whatevs.
Could Ben be pushing his daughter, reading books to her beyond her comprehension level? Well, so what. Maybe he wants his kid to excel in school. And if she's not pitching a fit about it or falling asleep over her eggs while listening to it, then he's setting her up to succeed in life. Good on ya, Ben!
What do your kids read?
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