OPINION: Thanks for all of your bedtime stories
WITH Mother's Day celebrations still fresh in our minds, it's a good time to remember the important roles parents and family members play in our lives.
Kingaroy was recently recognised in the Australian Early Development Census data for showing a huge improvement across the board for Kingaroy youngsters.
Library and speech language experts explained what a huge difference setting aside time to spend as a family or one-one-one with your child can make.
Spending regular time reading a book, doing a craft activity, cooking, playing games outside or even singing together can make a priceless impact on a child's development, especially for those under the age of five.
Simple activities like these could mean the difference between a child excelling or falling behind at school.
All of this can be a bit daunting for new parents and is why there are many supportive programs and other parents to connect with in the community.
The data shows more South Burnett parents have been working hard to develop a relationship with their children through these sorts of activities.
These are great results for the region and a huge encouragement for parents of young children and the staff and volunteers at the South Burnett libraries.
I know for sure I wouldn't be where I am today without my parents' time devoted to reading stories.
So, a big thanks to those dedicated mums and dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles out there who have devoted time to nurturing the next generation through a simple bedtime story.