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4-Year-Old Girl Tells Parents Why Books Are Better Than TV

A four-year-old girl hailing from Birmingham, United Kingdom, left her parents speechless after she deduced that consuming too much television will turn our brain into mush.

Going by the Instagram handle @thefamily.uk, the doting parents behind the immensely popular social media account uploaded a video of their daughter Fatimah O. Mukhlis (@TheLittleMissDiva), expressing that watching “too much TV will make our brain explode.”

But the family discussion on ‘televisions and books’ took an interesting turn, when the second child out of three siblings, relayed that we are required to read books to reverse the damages sustained by our brains.

“In my opinion, by reading books, we can turn our brains back to normal,” the little lass explained, as she emphasised that books are better than television.

With over 240k views on Instagram, the mother – who wittily goes by the nickname, Mrs Mom – conveyed that the couple were surprised by their loquacious and opinionated daughter’s natural response.

“She came up with all the material herself,” the accompanying caption read.

“We always encourage our children to voice out their opinions, and it’s always amazing to see how children’s minds work – even more incredible to see how they interpret things.”

 

Today, during our family meeting, Fatimah shared her opinion on what she thought about TV and books. She told us that TV was bad for us. According to her words, 'too much TV will make our brain explode'! She also said that to fix our brain, we had to read books. We were very surprised to hear her response as we hadn’t taught her to say this. She came up with all the material herself! . We always encourage our children to voice out their own opinion. It’s always amazing to see how children’s minds work. It’s even more incredible to see how they interpret things! Sometimes, their opinions are much different from ours. They might even be things that don’t even cross our minds! . At times, all you need is to see the world from a child’s perspective. Other than helping them to think for themselves and giving them a sense of empowerment, when children make their opinion heard, there are many things we can learn from them - just as much as they can learn from us! . #wisemomsays Written by Mrs Mom - a mother of 3 amazing kids! I’m not a parenting expert. I’m just a mother, sharing through experience...coz sharing is caring! #thefamilydotuk ©

A post shared by The Family UK (@thefamily.uk) on Jan 28, 2018 at 3:11am PST

In a separate Instagram post on January 21, Fatimah’s elder brother, Omar Mukhtar (@thepawsomelion), shared that both Fatimah and their younger brother Ali  (@TheSaltBubba) are fond of reading.

The little tots are so fond of reading that their elder brother relayed that the family has to read between four and five books to them on a daily basis.

 

11 FUN FACTS ABOUT FATIMAH & ALI #my11things . Fatimah and Ali are two cute, lovable kiddies, and an interesting brother and sister! Their charm just gets to everyone, and they are full of personality. There is so much to know about them, but here, I've listed the 11 fun facts that you probably didn't know about Fatimah and Ali! . 1. Bread is their favourite, but Fatimah prefers toast (she calls it 'roti keras') whereas Ali likes soft bread. 2. Fatimah is more fond of Malaysia but Ali is all about Thailand. 3. They both love animals so much! 4. Fatimah is more mature and serious, but Ali is a jolly kind of person and likes to crack a joke and make people laugh! 5. Fatimah prefers hot weather, but Ali can't stand the heat at all! Winter is like summer for him! 6. Fatimah has always spoken her own mind from a very early age, while Ali is the master imitator - he mimics Fatimah most of the time! 7. They love reading a lot - we have to read them 4-5 books (or more) every day! The library has become their new favourite place! 8. Both Fatimah and Ali enjoy swimming. 9. Meat is a must-have for Ali, while he does like eating his greens. However, Fatimah prefers vegetables more than meat. 10. Yoga is something Fatimah can't live without! She also likes to do kickboxing with Mr Dad. 11. Ali is CRAZY about elephants! He even calls himself 'Ali Chang' ('chang' means 'elephant' in Thai)! . Written by Omar Mukhtar @thepawsomelion #thepawsomelion #LuckyNumber1 #BornToWrite #BritishBornMalaysian . Click the link on profile above to visit my blog or go to ⤵️ thepawsomelion.wordpress.com #GeniusFreeZone #TogetherWeCanChangeTheWorld . #thefamilydotuk ©

A post shared by The Family UK (@thefamily.uk) on Jan 21, 2018 at 4:09am PST

As a matter of fact, the 11-year-old boy previously credited his talent for writing (and being a blogger) to his love for reading.

“I've received many requests to share my writing tips. Well, to be honest, I don't really have any, but I've always loved to read,” the caption read.

“It's been a major part of developing my writing. Just one book a day can stimulate my mind into creative mode and get those imaginative juices flowing.

“So no, I don't really have any tips, but I believe there is one core, essential practice which is the foundation of writing. You. Need. To. READ.”

 

Want to write? Start with reading! I've received many requests to share my writing tips. Well, to be honest, I don't really have any, but I've always loved to read. It's been a major part of developing my writing skills and I have to admit, I have ORD - Obsessive Reading Disorder! Just one book a day can stimulate my mind into creative mode and get those imaginative juices flowing. So no, I don't really have any tips, but I believe there is one core, essential practice which is the foundation of writing. You. Need. To. READ. . Yes, I think it's great to read, but when I say 'read', I don't mean just in English. You can read in your own mother tongue or your preferred language! Be it Malay, Urdu, Thai, Arabic, Gaelic, Chinese...you can read in any language you want! Don't let language be a barrier that stops you from reading! And of course, remember to be bold, be brave, challenge yourself to read, read and READ and never stop reading! #keepcalmandcarryonreading #togetherwecanchangetheworld . Written by Omar Mukhtar @thepawsomelion Visit my blog now to read the whole article! Simply click the link on the profile above or go to ⤵️ thepawsomelion.wordpress.com Don’t delay...Read today! . p/s: I’m wearing... ▪️Gold Falcon 2 - Lace Trainer by @step2wo #step2wo ▪️Camel Tailored Overcoat & Black Roll Neck Chenille Jumper by @riverisland #ImWearingRI . #thefamilydotuk ©

A post shared by The Family UK (@thefamily.uk) on Jan 17, 2018 at 12:33am PST

But aside from the family sharing their opinions on the benefits of reading for children, the United Kingdom-based primary school, Cam Everlands, even shared the 10 Benefits of Reading which include, reading exercises our children’s brain, reading improves concentration, and boosts school readiness, among other benefits.

Meanwhile, Scholastic also shared that reading comes with a list of other benefits as well, like enabling children to sharpen their senses, boost their brain cells and teaching them the importance of empathy.

With an abundance of benefits that come from reading, we at Malaysian Digest urge parents to encourage reading amongst their children -- regardless in whichever language.

But perhaps one of the best benefits that reading has blessed its readers with, as eloquently said by the late Ernest Hemingway, is that, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

- Malaysian Digest