It’s not about the books, it’s about the kids’ minds
Have you noticed how strangely, curiously, fast you go when your kids bring home that special book they have just read? How often have you found yourself missing a thought or two about what the kids could possibly be reading – or even thinking back to that moment? This is not the best feeling.
It’s not that you just want to wait while the kids are doing homework, thinking about words in Spanish, or perhaps fantasizing about where they are going on vacation to that next fabulous place you promised them. Maybe reading has got them thinking about math concepts, strengthening their language skills, strengthening their character, perhaps it’s even driving their moms crazy! Or maybe even teaching them good manners and good ways to deal with their friends. All of these and much more, of course, are great for kids to grow up in the modern world, but we don’t always get to do as much as we might like, right?
There’s more to it than just trying to learn a few more facts on a little familiar character for a sibling (or picking up a new book, like that one that your son’s new roommate read, again – oh, he loved it!) – there’s more to it than that. Really. It’s as simple as that. And it’s to encourage your kids to read, no matter what they choose to read. Instead of curtailing a child’s time spent reading because they’re doing something else, you could very well be sending your youngster into a pit into which they’ll want to escape, just in time for an impromptu holiday at the beach or a day spent hanging with the family at the amusement park, or anytime they have an open mind. The world is yours to build or to forget, right?
No matter how many bells and whistles parents try to add – and then find themselves tiring of – every child needs to have books in their life, whether or not they are in school. Books are a great way for children to grow up, to see real people and real things, to learn, to make a discovery, to learn a whole new language or even just to have something to look forward to every single day. And turning kids into readers isn’t as hard as you might think. Some books even come with directions so your child can follow along.
It’s more important to try and encourage reading than to shame your child into doing it, because that only makes them more likely to give up, not to mention putting themselves in danger if they slip and fall. So what are you waiting for? Start helping your kids out – go through that bookshelf and read some more! Give them something new to entertain themselves with. Then instead of continuing to hover by their side, go straight to the library and pick up a good one for yourself.
Have fun and read with your kids, whether they’re reading books, magazines, papers, play dough, drawing, whatever. Just read.