Many things change when your son or daughter hits their teenage years. One of those things are reading. Since the entry to high school there is a larger requirement for them to read and report on what their opinions are. Most often it is a topic they are not interested in causing them to unplug from reading altogether. At this crucial time it is imperative that they continue to read, as much as possible.
Here are a few ways to get them re-inspired:
1. You have to start reading-since teens ultimately do what their parents do (they won’t admit it) make it part of your regular day or week. You will be surprised.
2. Have lots of books, magazines and tablets with reading materials available-you never know something may catch their eye that can be a valuable nugget of information.
3. Let them choose- Manga, graphic novels as long as they are reading!
4. Find out what they are interested in-build on it ask questions, dig deeper and open up valuable dialogue. This can also open up opportunities for those harder discussions.
5. Make a day just for reading-and stick to it! Sundays work great in the morning, usually because waking up to a quiet morning is quite peaceful.
So if your teen is looking to go to a traditional University or Junior College or trade school, you are preparing and getting them used to an absorbent amount of reading that otherwise they will not be open to. Sure they can have other interests….but don’t lose sight of reading in and of itself. After all, its fundamental!