If you take the time to help your child read, you will hand your child a lifetime of a gift that will enrich their lives beyond imagination, forever!
I’m a fairly avid reader and I love to read basically anything that comes my way, including an occasional fiction novel. I’m not talking about those sappy romance novels, I’m referring to worthwhile books such as the stunning Harry Potter series or the latest New York Times bestseller, as long as it’s worth my time.
I can think of just a few things more enriching in life than being able to read and comprehend what you’re reading, yet, there are so many young adults who can barely construct a sentence by the time they are 21 years of age in America. Public school districts across the country have clamped down on this and they’re trying their best to encourage kids to read. However, the monkey falls on the backs of the parents; you have to encourage and help your child read and make it a daily habit for this to work.
I strongly believe that if you want to survive in this world and be financially successful, you have to possess a certain amount of knowledge. You can have all the desire and all the strength in the world but if you don’t have the smarts and the wisdom to succeed in life, you will probably fall short. I’m not saying all this wisdom can come from a book but I am saying the more you fill your head with knowledge the better off you will be. Studies show people who
read tend to be intellectually superior to those who don’t. Aside from that, reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is the ultimate work out for your brain.
Helping Your Child Read Should Be a Daily Habit
For many parents, it’s extremely difficult to help their child read on a daily basis but here are a few tips to steer you in the right direction in helping your child get into the lifelong habit of reading:
1. Begin by reading to your children while they are young. There’s nothing that sets off a little kid into La-la land at bedtime than a wonderful, enchanting bedtime story. Your kid’s brain is like a sponge. It will absorbed each and every word and over time, you’ll be surprised at the way your child puts sentences and paragraphs together ss well as the way he or she speaks. Every now and then, let your child read a bedtime story. This is also a wonderful way to bond with your child.
2. Before you do something you love as a family, set some house rules and inform your child they have to read 10 pages of their favorite book before leaving the house. You’re probably going to be met with some resistance early on, but stick to your guns and soonit will become a habit. Alternatively, you can take the book into the car and have them read it while you are driving to your destination. If it’s nighttime, there’s no reason why you can’t get one of those handy-dandy portable reading lights to take alongwith you. If your child happens to be consumed by one of those handheld games such as the Nintendo WII DS, make sure Super Mario doesn’t get in the way of their daily routine.
3. In many school districts across the United States, children are required to read at least a few pages of a book every single day. Make sure that when you help your child read, you encourage him or her by explaining that their brain needs exercise just like their bodies do. Let them know this is part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and lead by example. This means there’s no reason why you shouldn’t visit the bookstore with them and buy yourself a book while you buy them theirs.
As you can see, the whole point is to make daily reading a part of your family’s lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to let your children know how much pleasure you get from reading a favorite book and soon the real pleasure will come when you see how high your children’s English grades climb!