Parents Have Superpowers and They Can Use Them to Make Their Kids Love Reading | El Paso, Texas!
The subject of this week’s blog is something extremely important to me. As a school teacher and a writer, books have always been close to my heart. I can still remember as a kid sitting on my bed and reading stories that made me live a thousand lives. Thanks to them, I’ve been a pirate, I’ve been a gipsy circus worker, I’ve been a world traveler, I’ve been a wizard, and most of all, I’ve been a little boy whose head was full of dreams and hopes.
Books have been my friends, they taught me about courage, about bravery, about friendship and about love. They have been and still are my biggest teachers, and I’ll never be grateful enough to my parents, who were the first people to put a book in my hands.
As I always say on my blog, parents play a huge role in their kids’ lives, they’re their first teachers and role models, and their children will always try to “do like dad” or “be like mom”. They will look up to them, because for kids, dad is just another nickname for Superman and mom is actually the secret name of Wonder Woman.
One way you could use your superpowers is by teaching your kids how wonderful books are, and showing them that they are not as boring as they think. Indeed, research shows that most kids who don’t read don’t do so because they find it boring or uninteresting, mostly because they had to read books that were given to them at school or that their parents bought for them without asking for their opinion. I still clearly remember my mother taking my sister and I one day to a book shop, and asking me to choose whatever book I wanted. This is one of my most prominent memories about books, and I believe this trip to the library was the start of a long love story between me and books.
So, if your kids don’t read because they think books are boring, take them to a library, or even better, get them a library card, and let them choose their own books. It doesn’t matter if those are short stories, novels, comics or even magazines; the point is to show your children that reading can be fun. Only this way will they turn into book freaks (and that’s better than them turning into juvenile delinquents, or worse… boring people!).
Another idea is to read to your kids, or to let them read to you out loud. Even better, try to make up stories together or guess the ending of some book you’re reading. Not only will it make it a fun activity, it will also help you bond with your children, will make them smarter (according to a study published by Perspectives on Psychological Science), will build their listening skills and creativity (and I’ve already wrote about how important it is to raise a creative child), and most importantly, turn your kids into more empathetic human beings.
So, parents, read to your children. You will be introducing them to something magical, that will definitely broaden their horizons, teach them about human beings, and, most of all change their lives to the better!
Your friend, Gilbert-Ian Rueda