How to Motivate Your Reluctant Reader to Read More

Do you have a child who is a reluctant reader? It can be frustrating when your child says they “don’t like reading.” The good news is that there are ways to motivate them to read more! This blog post will give you a few tips on how you might get your child interested in reading and make it a fun activity for the whole family.

Let’s get started!

Praise their Successes

When your child is successful, tell them! It can be challenging for kids to stay motivated when they don’t get the praise they deserve, so make sure you’re acknowledging their efforts and accomplishments. This will encourage them to keep reading and trying new things.

Challenge Them

To read better, faster, and with more understanding. Your kids will be motivated to “show” Mom and Dad when challenged! They may read more and focus even better. When you challenge them, you might just be amazed at what they can do and accomplish. Sometimes we praise but never offer any challenges to help motivate our children to do more and test their limits.

Make it a Family Event

Set some family reading time where everyone in the family reads together. By making it a family event, your child will see that reading is something everyone enjoys and values. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your kids! Reading can be done before bedtime or even during breakfast.

Find the Right Book

One key is finding a book that interests your child. It can be anything from comics to magazines to books about their favorite hobby. Once they find a book they’re interested in, they’ll be more likely to read it! Don’t force your interests or what you “think” they should enjoy. Let your kids find out on their own what interests them.

Set an Example

Suppose you want your child to read more; set the example! Step away from your email and the web, and read a book! Let them see you reading for pleasure and discuss why you enjoy it. This will show them that reading can be fun and rewarding.

Use Technology

Many great apps and websites can help motivate your child to read. Look for ones that offer interactive games, quizzes, and other activities to keep your child engaged. With so many options, you’re sure to find something your child will enjoy!

Try recorded books on Audible or other apps. Instead of playing a video game on their phone on the way to practice, listen to a book!

We hope these tips have helped get your child interested in reading. Reading is a great way to learn new things, bond with family, and relax. So encourage your child to pick up a book today! They might just surprise you with how much they enjoy it!

By Brian Southwell


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