Most parents want their child to spend some time reading this summer, but what is the best way to make this happen? According to a recent article in The Atlantic, the standard methods might be contributing to a child’s negative association with the activity.
If a parent tries to reward reading, it’s likely the child will understand it to be a boring task that requires payment—and what will happen once the rewards stop coming? That child will most likely lose the motivation altogether.
The same goes for setting time limits, which instill the notion that reading is no fun, like a trip to the doctor.
It is true that new games and technology have become big competitors for a child’s attention, but what parents can do—other than removing devices completely—is to alter their home “so that reading is the most appealing activity available when your child is looking for something to do.” Making reading fun can be achieved by keeping engaging books all over the house—by the bed, on the couch, on the kitchen table, in the bathroom—and in the car. Putting books in interesting places will help to spark a child’s interest and self-motivation.
Also, it goes without saying that taking frequent trips to the library can be both economical and fun.