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Want To Raise A Reader. But How? #WomenOnTheMove

Posted: March 27, 2017
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To raise a reader is not easy. It needs discipline, persistence and a bit of patience. What more? Read on to find out. #WomenOnTheMove.

“My kid is not interested in reading. He only wants to play Pokemon.” “My kid doesn’t listen, she refuses to sit down.” “My kids only want me to read books aloud to them.”

You might have been a voracious reader as a youngster. However, that does not mean that your child will turn out to be one. Yes, parents do influence kids’ exuberance for books and reading by sharing their own love of literature and modeling reader behavior, but at the same time we should not forget that every child is unique and their choices and interests might not match ours.

So, as parents should we give up if our love for reading doesn’t get passed on to our children? Not at all.

Raising a reader is not easy. It requires discipline, persistence and a bit of patience. Kids become lifelong readers for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes there is that ‘one’ book that captures their imagination and opens them up to the exciting world of stories and fiction; and at others there might be an adult or a teacher at school who assigns great books in class that sparks a hunger to read more, explore bigger ideas and fine tune writing.

In our weekly #Womenonthemove chat over at Twitter, we discussed how to develop the love for reading in children and the pivotal role that parents play in raising an avid reader. This is what #WomenOnTheMove said. (If you’re not yet following Women’s Web on Twitter, do now, and you can come over for the chat too, every Wednesday 6-7 pm IST).

It is never too early to start to raise a reader

Read from day one. There is no perfect time or date or age to start reading.

Grab into a genre

Kids go through phases of genres they are passionate about. Make sure they have access to books they really enjoy.

Reading time is bonding time

When your kid sits on your lap as you read aloud, they not only enjoy books but also enjoy your undivided attention.

Kid refuses to read, what to do?

Developing the love for reading is not sudden, it is gradual

Discipline, consistence and persistence are the make and break factors. Make sure to set up a routine.

Gift your child a book subscription

Book recommendations for young readers from #WomenOnTheMove

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