Get Your Kids Reading!
By Donna Stark
When was the last time your children have read a book or even a magazine article? Do they count the few seconds it takes to read the directions on the macaroni and cheese box as evidence of their reading ability? Or do they insist on counting the texts from their friends as official reading material? We all know how important it is to keep our minds active as we age and one of the best ways to do that is to read. But how can you instill a lifelong love of reading in your children if you can't even convince them to pick up a book now?
Get Your Kids Reading!
If you want your children to grow up with a healthy body and brain, and don't want them to miss out on the benefits that reading provides, you need to act now! Let's take a look at how you can foster a healthy reading appetite in your children, no matter what their age.
- Have a seat - It's always a good idea to sit next to your children as they are learning how to read -- or to at least sit in the same room if they are older. This helps to prevent them from making up their own words, skipping pages, or getting distracted with other things..
- Pick the right time - It's important that you give your full attention to your children and that they give their full attention to the book, so pick a time that works for everyone. You may want to avoid the times when you are busy making dinner or when everyone is too tired at the end of the day. This is also a time when phones should be muted.
- Don't pile on the time - It is important to read at least 20 minutes every day so encourage your children to not clump a few days' worth of reading into one sitting. It may take some strict discipline at first, but the benefits of doing so will be well worth it!
- Choose age-appropriate material - Of course, you will want to select material that is age-appropriate and interesting to your children. It is hard to develop a love of books when they don't understand what is being read or are simply too bored to care. So encourage them to select the material on their own. It's a great way to really see what interests them.
A Healthy, Lifelong Habit
Whether you are starting them young or are trying to catch up when they are older, reading will always be one of the best habits you can instill in your children. They may not appreciate your efforts right away, but once they see the benefits that come from it, they will be so happy you took the time.
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