Reading is the gateway to endless worlds and characters. Your child’s imagination can be stimulated by a great book, and fostering a love of reading leads to a love of learning and knowledge. But parents know how challenging it can be sometimes to stoke and encourage that love, especially with the prevalence and saturation of technology in their daily lives and subsequent difficulty in getting them to focus. Try these tips to help foster a true love of reading in your child.
1. Keep the Material Interesting
While it may be tempting to only encourage your child to only read books with educational value, don’t succumb to this pressure. Encourage them to read anything that happens to pique their interest, such as sports, fashion, bugs, video games… anything they like! And don’t limit them to just books – encourage them to read magazines, comics, and even electronic sources.
2. Expose Them to Books You Loved as a Child
There’s a reason why so many children’s books out there are praised as “classics” – The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Cat in the Hat are notable examples. Many adults grew up with these classics and can share them with their own children. As you read these books with them, tell stories about your own childhood experiences to create a way to connect with them. The memories of these times will stay with them when they grow up and have children of their own to read to.
3. Be a Role Model
As a parent, it can be incredibly challenging to find the time to read for pleasure. But your children look up to you as a role model and they will be less likely to read for pleasure if they don’t observe you doing so. Making an effort to read, and being visible about it to your child, can really pay off for them in the long run.
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