Books are one of the best tools for training and nurturing a child. A
book enlarges a child’s world, beguile him and help in the overall
Reading enhances the creativity and imagination of a child. He begins
to think out of the box and by just inculcating the habit, the child
develops the jest to learn and discover new things.
Research has proved that reading habits can enrich a child’s life,
sharpen their mind, and bring fulfillment. They have enough academic
reading to do for school, apart from the other distractions such as
television and computer, which leaves the child with no time, or
patience, for reading. Despite all these, one must not forget the
various benefits of the habit compared to how difficult it is to
The habit of reading must be inculcated at a very early stage,
because it cannot be done overnight. Here are the ways in which one can
inculcate reading habit among the kids. As a parent if you don’t have
the habit of reading, well you need it too…
Make Your Home a Mini Library
The first step in habituating your kid and yourself is to stock your
house with all kinds of books. But remember to sort the collection based
on your child’s age. For example: Picture books for babies and
toddlers. Stack in novels, books, magazines, comics and newspapers. If
there are is no material around how is the kid supposed to read?
Short and Sweet
Begin the journey of your child’s reading with picturesque books that
they will enjoy reading, or referring to. Make sure the books you get
them keeps them engaged and can be finished in small reading sessions.
Start with Tinkle, Pictionary, etc. Make baby steps but make sure, the
steps are effective enough to attract the child’s focus to the magical
world of reading.
Lead by Example
Children often tend to imitate their parents. If you’re glued to TV
yourself, your child is hardly going to pay attention to books. But if
they see you curled up on the sofa, absorbed in a book, often enough,
they’re likely to try it themselves.
Read the books along with them, by doing so, your child doesn’t feel
left out and will enjoy doing it. The secret is to be patient. Pick a
book with picture and text and discuss it with your child, the
characters, the incidents and the take from the book. Take turns in
reading and read aloud. This improves concentration, spoken language and
the child is motivated. Let them know what you are reading, give them
the information of the book, you will be surprised to know how well they
remember such tiny things.
What’s important is that your children read, not how they read. Focus
on helping your child discover the joy of the written word. Falling in
love with books will happen naturally once they develop the habit. Face
it, no matter how much you want it, there’s a chance your kids might not
care about your favorite authors or what you consider ‘good reading’.
Accept their interests and get them books on subjects of their interests.
Buy and Gift Books
Show and let your child enjoy the excitement about purchasing a new
book. Also gift them books for every small achievement. Pack it
beautifully and every time you gift a book, increase the standard and
number. The motivation must be in such a way that the child strives to
excel in things for her love to read new books. This makes the child
perform better in academic, extra-curricular activities and also you
gift them with a good habit for life.
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