Parental Failure: Books

One of the hardest things for me to deal with as a parent is that neither of my boys likes to read. Language has always been difficult for Eddy, as I’m sure I’ve detailed elsewhere in this blog, and Sam had a good chunk of kindergarten and first grade curtailed by COVID-19, and that’s impacted his confidence. As a result, both of them have a tentative relationship with the written word. I can read to them, but they seldom spend time on their own reading.

Meanwhile, their dad (me) loves to read. Can’t get enough of it. A lot of where I am in life is because I’ve made an ongoing effort to continue to educate myself and to try to see the world through new perspectives.

But try telling that to a 7-year old or a 9-year old. You’d have better luck convincing a brick wall. At least they like being read to.

They both go back to school this month, and I’m hoping that helps a lot. I’m going to start looking for more avenues for getting them invigorated about reading.

Parents of the Internets, how did you get your kids psyched about reading?

1 thought on “Parental Failure: Books”

  1. Tricked them. There was a series of golden books about various science topics. They were all around 25 pages with a glossary with the pictures and words. Would read together one page me and one page them. They would get the next book when the finished the current one. There were enough topics that they could choose the ones that interested them. Also you might try the reading games on the computer. Good luck.


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