During my entire childhood...
...my parents kept a newspaper subscription. (Today they keep two.)
Today, reading is central to my life and whatever success I've achieved.
Coincidence? I don't think so.
Every day, at breakfast, I'd see my mom perusing the newspaper. Every evening, after work, I'd see my dad reading it as well.
That made me want to read the newspaper. Young children want to feel grown up. Young children want to do the things their mommies and daddies do.
You want your children to value reading? Then it's important that they see you reading themselves. Subscribe to a newspaper.
We hear a lot about how important it is to read to our children
Heck, if you've been around this site, you've probably heard a lot about it from me.
We don't hear quite as much about modelling reading for our children. We probably should.
As parents, we want to help our kids develop a lifelong love of reading, if for no other reason than that strong reading skills are so closely correlated with success.
We buy books and magazines for them. We try to promote a regular reading habit.
Often, it requires sacrifice by us, a focus on them.
That's what's so great about a newspaper subscription
It's a gift for us that benefits them. By reading the paper and getting some alone time, we actually teach them to do the same thing!
It could be that now you get your news from the TV or the computer. That's fine, except...
...it doesn't teach your child to read. It teaches your child to watch TV or be on the computer. Most children, of course, already do plenty of those things.
So why not subscribe to your local paper.
Or, if you live in the U.S., consider a USA Today newspaper subscription. It's not the most in-depth newspaper going, but it's quite respected and it has a look and feel that make it more accessible to children than most newspapers.
Lots of color pictures and graphics. In my opinion, your kids are more likely to pick up USA Today and have a go at it themselves than they are The New York Times.
So think about it!
More ways to help your child develop a reading habit.
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