It is not uncommon to know about a kid that just loves to read, making it an impossible task to take a book away from them. However, there are other cases of kids who haven’t really got into reading just yet, and it is our responsibility as parents to try and motivate them to grow fond of books, as this habit can bring many benefits for our children. Whether our kids think that reading is hard, or that reading is boring, doing whatever we can to motivate them will play an important factor. These are some quite simple and useful tips to help our kids form this new habit.
Finding the time to read along our kids is one of the most effective ways to motivate them into reading more. If we and our kids have tight schedules, forcing reading time to fit into our daily activities might make it look like another chore. Instead, we need to make reading time as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. This way, our kids will have a positive attachment to reading instead of feeling like they just have to go through another boring activity.
Having a designated reading space that is cozy, comfortable, and inviting is another great way to motivate your kid to read more often. We should pay attention to the level of comfort that the reading spot provides to your kid, as it will make a difference. If our children are not physically and mentally comfortable when reading, they will associate reading to their discomfort, having the opposite result. Be mindful of the furniture, decoration, and more importantly, the lightning of the room or space.
One of the most important elements of developing our children’s reading having is the material we are providing them. Not all children’s books are created equal, and we must keep this in mind. First of all, make sure that the material matches your kid’s reading abilities, otherwise, they might think of them as quite difficult books, and lose both motivation and interest. Also, try to provide them with a wide variety of reading material. Most kids tend to show more interest in reading fiction, but also allow them to read other genres, like biographies, graphic novels, cookbooks, science, and anything else they might enjoy.
Last but not least, the best way to motivate your kid into reading more is leading by example. Many studies have shown that kids whose parents have the habit of reading are more likely to pick up this habit themselves. Therefore, we need to make sure that we are positive role models to our kids, as this will make them want to imitate you and develop the habit of reading more naturally.