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I have two rambunctious boys, aged 7 and 9, who love the outdoors and staying active. They spend hours each day biking or playing basketball. The pandemic hasn’t been easy on them, so I’ve been giving them plenty of time to roam outdoors. Lately, though, it’s been harder and harder to get them to do their schoolwork. They’re way behind on their reading. As an avid reader myself, I want to instill a love for books in my kids. Any tips on how I can get them to read?
Many of the parents I’ve spoken with over the course of the last year find themselves in a similar situation. The pandemic has taken away so much from our children. Naturally, we want to let them do the activities they can still enjoy—like riding their bikes or playing in the yard!
Of course, these fun activities can’t be a replacement for their schoolwork. But what if you can show them that reading is fun, too?
Here are 5 practical tips for encouraging your kids to pick up a book:
Bookworm, there are so many benefits to reading—as you know! Reading helps improve children’s vocabulary and promotes analytical thinking.
I have full faith that you can encourage a love of reading in your boys. You just have to make it fun and incorporate the things they love! (And if you need additional resources, crowdsource top children’s books inside our parenting Facebook group!)
Love and Blessings,
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