As just about everybody knows, reading is fundamental. If you want to be able to succeed at just about anything in this world, having the ability to read (and preferably to read with a high level of skill) is not an optional kind of thing. So as a parent, it is most definitely in your child’s best interests for you to do everything that is in your power to help them to become a solid reader as early in life as you can. After all, the sooner they can read well, the sooner they are going to be able to start writing well.
Now, the question is inevitably going to come up of how you can get your kids to become great readers. While some people have an innate genetic tendency to do well in the language arts, you should never even attempt to just trust to luck with something that is this important. That would be like assuming they can drive a car very well, without ever sending them to driver’s ed. Did you just dringe a little bit at that thought? Not being able to read well may even be worse than being a bad driver- after all, having no skill at driving does not stop a lot of people from doing it every day.
In order to get your kids to become great readers, you have got to read to them a lot. Read to them for at least half an hour every day, if you can. Not only will it be an attention thing (kids love little ritual that show them how much you care about them), but it will also be a way to get their linguistic skills up there.