Published 23 days ago
It’s perfectly normal and okay to not like to do everything your kid likes to do. Maybe you’re not waking up everyday excitedly thinking about getting to play dolls or house with your child. If reading to your kids is one of the things you don’t enjoy, we have a few tips and tricks for you to still make reading fun for your kids!
We are big believers that, as J.K. Rowling said, “if you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” Trying out many different types, subjects, authors, and genres helps children develop preferences and find new favorites. But don’t forget to continue to introduce new books, as preferences can change and expand with age.
Budget time in your routine for independent quiet time where kids can do certain approved activities, like reading and napping, or perhaps playing quietly. Having a designated time and space allows for a special time to explore books on their own without distractions. Starting with just a few minutes and working your way up to the desired time can help kids transition into this routine.
Have an older sibling read to a younger one, or have grandparents (or aunts, uncles, and godparents) read with the kids. If they don’t live nearby, do a virtual storytime—coordinating on what books you’ll be reading so each household has a copy of the book helps, too!
Reading time at the library can be an anticipated event for your child, and it means someone else is doing the reading so you’re not the one reading. Plus, a quick search online will bring up many virtual storytime options!
Pair a fun treat, a snack tray, popcorn, or a popsicle to reading time!
Reading fort, anyone? A park on a blanket is one of our favorites. Cuddled in bed in the morning is pretty cozy, too.
Even if your kids aren’t old enough to read, encourage them to “read” and make up their own story to go with the pictures.
Some of these tips work for adults, too! If we turn the question around to “How do I, as a parent, learn to enjoy reading so that it’s more fun for my kids and I to read together?” that might be the best answer, as it results in a better experience for kids and parents.
So buy a book for yourself—a well rated novel or one of our favorite children’s books for adults to enjoy to see if you can find something you’d like to read more! Set aside time to try and foster your own love of reading, or try an audio book to see if that’s more your style. Have a read-a-thon with your favorite treats and comfy clothes (and maybe a nap).
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