"First and foremost, just read to your kids. You hear people say that all the time, but take five or 10 minutes at bedtime and have books of poetry. There's a lot of collections of classic poems and modern poems — even Dr. Seuss sort of qualifies as poetry. Parents don't need to feel like they should stick to the classics — stretch their (the children's) boundaries a little bit. Kids may not understand some advanced poem, but they'll get the feeling of it, the rhythm of it, and how you can paint a picture with words even if you don't get the exact meaning."