Principal in PJs reads bedtime stories to kids on Facebook Live. 'This is just more love'

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Principal in PJs reads bedtime stories to kids on Facebook Live. 'This is just more love'

The first-year Texas principal said she wanted to show her elementary school children she cared. She started the Facebook Live stream in December.

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Don't clip your child's wings. Your toddler's mission in life is to gain independence. So when she's developmentally capable of putting her toys away, clearing her plate from the table, and dressing herself, let her. Giving a child responsibility is good for her self-esteem (and your sanity!).

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This school principal virtually tucks her students in every Tuesday night by reading them bedtime stories in her pajamas. Humankind, USA TODAY

Texas elementary school principal Belinda George wanted a way to show students she cared.

The first-time principal at Homer Drive Elementary in Beaumont, Texas, told USA TODAY that her students gave her her "dream job."

"I guess it's kind of like the people at Disney World and Google (who) feel like this," George said.

So she devised " Tucked-in Tuesdays ," in which she opens her phone and reads a children's story. She began in December and what started as something for a handful of students now racks up 14,000 views from around the country.

She started out reading in pajamas, but kids loved the onesie look so she's been ordering more on Amazon.

She selects each book from the school's library by reading a few pages and awaiting the spark of "instant connection."

George, 42, said while her first desire was to connect with the children, her second was to promote a love of reading and the live stream accomplishes both. When she goes to school on Wednesdays, children want to talk about their favorite parts of the book and check it out. "Hey, if one kid learns, I'll keep giving," George said.

Know the value of face-to-face communication. Very young children learn best through two-way communication. Engaging in back-and-forth "talk time" is critical for language development. Conversations can be face-to-face or, if necessary, by video chat with a traveling parent or far-away grandparent. Research has shown that it's that "back-and-forth conversation" that improves language skills—much more so than "passive" listening or one-way interaction with a screen.

George said her weekly story time isn't meant to replace a parent's.

"This is just an extra dose," she said. "This is just more love."

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