Booking Through Thursday (2): Encouragement
How can you encourage a non-reading child to read? What about a teen-ager? Would you require books to be read in the hopes that they would enjoy them once they got into them, or offer incentives, or just suggest interesting books? If you do offer incentives and suggestions and that doesn’t work, would you then require a certain amount of reading? At what point do you just accept that your child is a non-reader?
In the book Gifted Hands by brilliant surgeon Ben Carson, one of the things that turned his life around was his mother’s requirement that he and his brother read books and write book reports for her. That approach worked with him, but I have been afraid to try it. My children don’t need to “turn their lives around,” but they would gain so much from reading and I think they would enjoy it so much if they would just stop telling themselves, “I just don’t like to read.”
I don't have kids.So in this case, I really do not know what I'll do with them.But, for little ones, I can always shut down all the other entertainments like TV, Internet, video-games for only an hour, so that they can just start and try reading a few pages.But if it doesn't work, then I think I'll just accept that this child is not a reader.Of course I'll feel sad, but thats what it is ! You simply can't force them to read !
Another thing is that, there is no perfect age for a person to read..I myself started reading from the age of 21.But now, books and I are inseparable !
What about you ? what do you think about this ?