Have you ever heard it, or even said it yourself, the statement “Go to your room!” I have both heard it and said it to my own child, however, there is one thing that I will absolutely try never to say, and it is something that I have heard stated to children in a harsh way, connecting reading with a form of punishment. That statement is, “Go to the room and read a book!”
The statement relays itself as one that is absolutely the worst thing a child or anyone could or would want to do. Prior to the age of recognizing right from wrong, reading was a place of soothing and comfort, deriving from a bonding with parent and child. However, in many instances, the older a child becomes and the more activities that they surround themselves with, it is reading that takes the lower end of the scale. It is then that it becomes the one thing that is incidentally referred to when children are disciplined.
This shouldn’t happen. You never want children to associate reading with a negative because it is reading that they will truly need for their entire lives.
Parents should always continue the same exact exciting and nurturing environment that surrounds reading even after the child reaches the age of full reason and ability to do it on his or her own. One of the problems that comes with reading is that it can tend to become the last and most negative thing that is referred to in many households through verbal communication. The television has taken COMPLETELY over, along with video games and movies. Does your child even remember how excited a story used to make them? If the answer is no, books have been out of that child’s life for far too long.
This is why I have listed three items below to reinvigorate books and reading for your child, no matter what age, once again.
- Find reading material that interests them. Allow your child to choose the appropriate books that he or she wants to read, and don’t hover too much. If you don’t have the money to build a library at home, find a library or thrift store to find great stories. If you don’t mind allowing your child to have a tablet or phone, download the many apps, such as Kindle, Nook, Google Play, where they can download books immediately and start their journey.
- Allow your child to always see you reading around the home. Why? It is because children mimic what they see and behave like those around them, and it becomes a way of life and living.
- Take them to events such as Comic Con! (Yes, I recently took my child, and he loved it. See the video) Allow your child to experience first hand where all the characters on television actually come from – writers and illustrators who will definitely share their love of reading, writing, drawing and comic books! The photo up top is work from illustrator Sanford Greene who autographed his work for my son at Soda City Comic Con 2016. His clients are Marvel/Disney, SEGA, DC Comics and more. Awesome!
Finally, by putting into practice all these things, your child’s love for reading shouldn’t dwindle but grow into something spectacular…maybe even a great career.