Everywhere you look you see the importance of instilling a love of reading in your child. However…what if you HATE reading?
Is it possible to still raise a child that loves books when you’d rather get a root canal then even go into a bookstore?
The answer is Yes! It is possible to raise a reader even if you hate reading. I am here to tell you I am living proof it is possible. As you may have read before I love books. My mother on the other hand…well she’s the example above.
When I was growing up and had my nose in a book, she had informed me she never read a single book from cover to cover *gasp!
I never gave much thought to this until the other day when she was keeping the kids for a sleep over and she said, “Tell them to bring a book so they can read to me.”
As I repeated the instructions to the children my brain went click! Wait a minute! You hate reading, how on earth did you raise a reader? So I asked her.
Today I am sharing the tips I gleaned from our discussion with you.
Here we go!
5 Tips to raising a reader, if you hate reading:
Tip # 1. Discover why you hate reading.
Some reasons you might hate reading are:
- were never encouraged to read
- didn’t have access to books
- didn’t have time to read
- or struggle with reading in its own.
Once you understand your own aversion to reading, correct the problem with your own children-if possible.
For example, encourage them to read books, encourage them to tell you about the story they are reading. Ask questions about the characters, what is going on in the story, where is it taking place etc. This helps your child develop their reading comprehension and educates you on what types of books they are reading.
This is especially helpful in the teenage years as communication can get a bit rocky at this age. You tend to get a lot of “I don’t know”, “nothing” etc.
Hint: to combat this ask open ended questions! Ones that can not be answered by yes or no or nothing…lolRaising a reader is priceless, 5 tips on how to raise a reader when you hate reading.Click To Tweet
Tip # 2. Expose them to books.
If you are not a reader it can be hard to justify spending money on books, especially in this economy where money is tight. This is when the Library becomes your best friend.
Take time to go to the library, trust me if you haven’t visited one in years you will be amazed at how they have changed. They are no longer this quiet, dark, stuffy place. They are bright cheerful and even offer WiFi, so you can bring your phone/tablet and not read, *wink – while your child discovers the wonders of shelves and shelves of books.
Many libraries now offer free programs, read aloud, circle time and crafting opportunities for children or all ages. Check the schedule or ask a librarian and they will be happy to help. You can even get a free tour and they will teach your child how to find different books and library cards are free!
Tip # 3. Audio books.
Explore listening to audio books with your child. They can follow along in the book, do crafts, or color while being read to. There are so many benefits to allowing your children to color, visit this site for 13 of them.
Listening to audio books is a great way for children to be exposed to books they may not pick up on their own.
- Around The World Stores: Audio books with interactive “done for you” materials for ages 4-10
- Audiable: An app from Amazon, get two free e-books when you sign up! (Audiable Canada)
Tip # 4. Try a reading challenge.
A reading challenge works really well for competitive children or those that like rules/lists.
My children thrive in this environment. Challenges, although set boundaries or give guidelines, allow them to choose their own books. Which helps with self-confidence and gives a great sense of accomplishment when complete!
You could even offer a fun reward when they have complete the challenge, like a trip to the book store! (Kidding!!)
Tip #5. Take turns reading aloud.
Please note this is the only tip where you are reading as well. Choose a book you both might be interested in and take turns reading out loud. You can have a lot of fun with this, by giving the characters accents, silly voices, drawing and creating artwork to go along with your book.
Make it fun. Choose a comfortable place to read, a quiet setting or perhaps turn it into a tea party or a before bedtime ritual.
You can raise a reader even if you HATE reading
Raising a reader doesn’t have to be impossible but it might mean stepping outside your personal comfort zone and into a bookstore/library 😉
Using these exact steps, my mom was able to not only raise me to love books but continue to encourage my children to read. It is a lovely gift she passed on to my children.
Thanks to her encouragement and enthusiasm my two not only read books like crazy but create, write and make up their own stories to tell. Letting their imaginations take flight. In this momma’s eyes, that’s priceless!
Now it’s your turn: Do you love to read or hate it? How do you encourage your reluctant readers to read?