Five Tips To Get Your Kid To Read More

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Here’s an easy question - would you rather have your kid spend time reading or watching TV? You know the benefits - it can help with their learning development, encourage creativity, and it can be a lot of fun. If you want your kid to read more often but aren’t sure where to begin, these five tips may help.

Start Early And Set A Good Example

Reading to your kid is a great way to spend time together, and it's a great way to introduce them to books before they're actually able to read. As they get older, they’ll be able to participate more, as you help them sound out words. Eventually, you’ll be able to have them read to you.  

Don’t read only for your kid, though - start reading for yourself. Even if it’s just a magazine or newspaper, if they see you reading and enjoying yourself, they’ll be more likely to read too.

Get A Library Card

The library is a fun place to spend time with your children and an invaluable tool in their reading development. It will also save you a lot of money. Signing up for a library card is free, and gives you and your kid access to a huge number of books. Once you have a card, take regular trips to the library together.

Find Books They’ll Like (And Let Them Choose)

Is your kid interested in adventure? Mystery? Scary stories? No matter what they like, there are plenty of books to satisfy their interests and captivate their imagination. As they get older, let them pick their own books that interest them. Don’t discourage them from reading books that may be too easy or too challenging.   

Not sure where to find books they’ll like? You can search online for recommendations, and your local library should be able to help as well.  

Make A Deal

Even if your kid enjoys reading, other activities are going to compete for their attention. To keep their interest, you can come up with a reward system that makes them want to keep reading. Some parents will let their kids stay up a bit later if they spend that time reading, or maybe reduce their chore load.

Don’t Give Up

Some kids won’t take to reading right away, and some will fall in and out of love with reading throughout their childhood. Just because they stop reading doesn’t mean that they’ll never read again. Once they’re ready again, be sure to encourage them.  

Have you had any luck getting your kids to read? Let us know how you did it in the comments below!

By Luke Smith


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