In the last article, we looked at older children’s personality characteristics and the values promoted by older children’s books.
Once you have the child interested in book reading, as a parent, you may gradually introduce personality development books as and when the child is ready for it.
The present article is second in the series of “Older children and books”. It touches the role of parents in furthering their child’s reading interest.
Introspection by parents
As a parent, you can be the best role model to encourage your child to read, by reading books your self.
Please take a moment to introspect using the following questions as a guide. This exercise will provide you with cues as well as galvanize you to act in the best interest of your child.
Questions for parents:
They are mutually exclusive and do not follow any order.
- Do you love/like books?
- Do you read books? What type of books? At what intervals?
- Why do you read them?
- Where do you get the books from?
- Have you ever inquired about your child’s reading interest?
- Do you encourage your child to read for pleasure?
- If your child reads books, what book is he/she reading at present? Where did he/she get it from?
- Do you follow up on the book your child reads?
- Do you seek/use opportunities to spend quality time with your child?
- Do you help your child to maintain a balance between reading, pursuing hobbies, extra curricular activities, and so on, for having a healthy and a balanced lifestyle?
Hope these questions nudge you into doing what must and can be done for your child to get the best out of his/her reading experience.
The next article will be the last in this series, which will offer tips to parents, on promoting and maintaining children’s love/interest for reading books.
Happy introspection Parents!