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Kids Reading to Pets to Improve Literacy and Confidence

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I was a kid (before I was old enough to date), I loved to read. My mom tells me I wasn’t one for watching much TV, but that I would hardly come out of my room due to all of the books I was reading. I still enjoy reading, but don’t take the time to do it as often as I’d like, or should. I know reading is super important, which is why I am constantly encouraging my kids to read. I only wish my boys had a love for reading, and that it wasn’t such a battle to get them to do it. 

I have tried selecting different types of books for my boys, and have had a little success when I find a genre they enjoy, but we still struggle. My boys are great readers, and don’t struggle, but it is like pulling teeth to get them to do it at times. I am always looking for new ideas and approaches to help the love of reading to grow in my boys. My daughter already has it – thankfully. 

While learning about the “Do More With Their Dollar” event at Dollar General, I picked up a cool tip to help our kiddos read more. Not only can we save on Purina pet products during the month of April, but the event is working to improve kids’ reading skills & self-confidence. Purina is partnering with Dollar General to help achieve the goal of growing awareness of the importance of literacy, by suggesting kids reading to their pets. I have always known pets can be very therapeutic, healing and calming for kids, but I hadn’t ever thought to have the kids read to our family dog.

Studies have shown that when children read to pets, their reading skills and confidence improve. My boys love spending time with Lucy (our Dachshund/Yorkie mix), so I am going to challenge them to try reading to Lucy. I’m sure they will find it funny or odd, but I can picture them doing it anyway. To aid us in our teaching our kids literacy and confidence, Purina has four digital coupons available, and for each one redeemed from 4/5/2015 through 4/30/2014, Purina will donate $1 to the Dollar General Literacy foundation, up to $20,000. The money raised goes toward nonprofit organizations and schools that help individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency test, or learn the English language. Head over to Dollar General, with your coupons because you can get a wide variety of Purina products for all of your pet needs.

So, I want to encourage you to help support this great cause, by printing and using the following Purina coupons. I’d also love it if you would share a picture of your child reading to a pet, and tag #cleverhousewife and @Purina on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

  • Save $1.00 on one (1) 12lb bag of Purina® Friskies® Dry Cat Food
  • Buy ANY five (5) 5.5oz cans of Purina® Friskies® Wet Cat Food and get one (1) can FREE (up to 50¢)
  • Save $1.00 on one (1) 14lb or larger bag of Purina® Alpo® Dry Dog Food
  • Save $1.00 on ANY one (1) package of Purina® Tidy Cats® Scoopable Litter

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Emily Buys

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