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How do I get my Child to Read

There are many more tips and ideas that you can consider to get your kids interested in reading. Read http://parentedge.in/why-children-must-read/ for an exhaustive list of ideas and best practices. But remember that these are just tips. As Emilie Buchwald famously said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” So if you want your child to read, pick up a book yourself and start reading!


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Kritika Srinivasan is an Editor at ParentEdge. She has her hands full with an active young child and her writing. She is keenly interested in ways to engage and stimulate children to keep their lively and intelligent minds busy.

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4 thoughts on “How do I get my Child to Read

  1. Swati

    Hey Kritika,

    That’s a good topic and yes kids are reading more but their reading habits differ from us! My sister in law who does not read herself wants her kid to be a reader but then as you have pointed out that a child needs to see what is so pleasurable about holding a book and reading rather than surfing channels and watching TV! It was a difficult phase for me when I felt that my son looking at the other family members was getting more inclined towards TV rather than books so with the help of my mom I got him some age-appropriate books and kept them in his cupboard. For few days he said what garbage have you got but then fine day I saw him picking him those very books and reading out loudly. I still didn’t comment on that and then he came to me and said, “Mommy these stories are the ones that you have narrated him during my nap times and now when I am reading them I feel that I have known them for a long time now.” So happy was the reader mom in me that I thanked God for the little mercies and that was the day I realised that I have passed on the reading bug to him and now that bug will slowly do his work.
    P.S. Sorry for the long comment

  2. Kavita

    I wholeheartedly agree with you Kritika, that the reading habit is very much alive in today’s youngsters. Of course their media differ and even the writers are names we had never heard of or even existed when we were young(which is pretty disconcerting, I must admit!).As a parent I feel very tempted to replace the books on my daughter’s shelves with those I approve of or that I enjoyed in my days…but I know I should not impose my choices and deprive her of the joy of wading through different literature to discover her individual likes and dislikes. Reading, I believe, should be a relaxing and pleasurable activity and never made into a ‘task’, if you want your children to become ‘readers’.


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