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5 Common Mistakes Parents Make When Trying to Get Their Children to Read

podcast reading May 08, 2023


Hey there, book lovers! If you're a parent trying to encourage a love of reading in your children, this podcast is for you. In today's video, we're going to talk about five common mistakes parents make when trying to get their children to read, and how you can avoid them.

Mistake #1: Forcing Reading
One of the most common mistakes parents make is forcing their children to read. While it's important to encourage reading, pushing too hard can actually have the opposite effect. Children may start to see reading as a chore or something to be avoided. Instead, try to make reading a fun and enjoyable activity by finding books that interest your child.

Mistake #2: Not Allowing Choice
Another mistake is not allowing your child to choose their own books. When children have a say in what they read, they're more likely to be invested and engaged. Of course, you can still guide them towards age-appropriate and quality literature, but allowing some choice is important.

Mistake #3: Setting Unrealistic Expectations
Setting unrealistic expectations is another common mistake. It's important to set goals and encourage progress, but be mindful of your child's reading level and abilities. Expecting too much too soon can lead to frustration and a lack of interest.

Mistake #4: Lack of Modeling
A lack of modeling is another common mistake. Children learn by example, so it's important for parents to model good reading habits themselves. Show your child that reading is important and enjoyable by reading yourself, and by setting aside time for family reading.

Mistake #5: Not Making Reading Fun
Finally, not making reading fun is a mistake. Reading should be a pleasurable activity, not a punishment or chore. Incorporate reading into your child's daily routine in a positive and engaging way. Consider reading aloud to your child, or hosting a family reading night.

And there you have it,  five common mistakes parents make when trying to get their children to read, and how you can avoid them. Remember to encourage, model, and make reading fun, and you'll be well on your way to nurturing a love of reading in your child. Thanks for listening!

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