It is rare to see a young person under the age of 20 without some sort of electronic device at their fingertips or plugged into their ears. Parents who love to read can’t help but feel that their children are missing something when they have little to no knowledge of the classics. What can a book loving parent do?
Have a mother /daughter or Father/ son book club
Take turns choosing the books to read and decide to read together and discuss afterwards or to read independently and discuss one day a week. A book club will make reading enjoyable and give kids of all ages something to look forward to, especially if they are involved in the subjects.
Reward your child for summer reading
If a teenager finishes a book, reward them for it and encourage them to do more reading. Gift cards for books, an age appropriate c.d.or a simple ice cream cone are great ways to send a positive message to kids. Reading is an important skill that prepares children for life. Rewarding them early will help with education and possibly make it an enjoyable lifelong habit.
Keep the classics within reach
Give a child the option to read the classics by keeping them on hand. Display them in prominent areas like the coffee table, family bookshelves or bedside tables and mix it up from time to time. Switch them out every couple of months to see if kids find a change in genre or title more interesting. Getting your child to read does not have to be like pulling teeth, instead it can be as simple as turning a page.