Oh, I've Been There...
I tried all the different paths to supposed success with enticing my children to read.
I tried to bribe them with reward points.
And more books (not sure why I thought that would work!).
When bribery didn't work I tried punishment.
“No electronics until you sit down and read this chapter.”
Yeah, that was a huge flop.
According to conventional wisdom, a trip to the ice cream store should inspire your kids to open up a book and read for hours.
Only, it doesn’t. So, how are you supposed to know what to do when everything you’ve been told fails miserably?
Looking back I can see where I went wrong. I can see how I fed into the traditional mindset of education.
Don’t get me wrong. I know that bribery works for some people.
But, I didn’t want my kids to read because of a prize. I wanted them to have an appreciation for literature in all its forms.
I wanted them to experience new worlds, new cultures, and even many old ones. Words should leap off the page and into your imagination. They should shape your mind and your future.
I wanted my kids to have more and be more.
And, I didn’t want them to go through their childhood believing reading was a chore.
I wanted them to begin to love great literature now so it could help shape them into the adults they would become. Learning how to be a great thinker comes from critical thinking and analysis. It doesn’t come from watching YouTube videos and reading summaries of the classics.
If they didn’t develop a love for education as children, I feared they would never develop it.