8 Reasons Why Your Child Hates Reading

8 Reasons Why Your Child Hates Reading

Are you troubled by your child's disinterest in​ reading? Maybe you have a​ young child just learning to​ read. You try to​ encourage the learning by reading together. However, each reading session is​ a​ struggle. Your child shuns it​ like a​ hated vegetable . or​ maybe your child can already read, but just doesn't want to. They even tell you straight in​ your face, "I hate reading."

How did it​ come to​ this? Why does your child dislike reading? Basically, it​ comes down to​ one thing: the love for reading was never ignited or​ have been extinguished. Here are 8 ways to​ kill a​ child's love for reading:

1. Reading sessions are more like drilling sessions. Don't quiz and test children when reading. It's ok to​ point things out and ask questions to​ promote thinking but make sure it​ stays FUN. Don't turn it​ into a​ pressurized teaching session. Yes, you hope that they learn something from the reading but don't make that your main objective. Read to​ enjoy the story. Learning usually takes place when the teaching is​ not so obvious.

2. Television, video and computer games takes center stage when it​ comes to​ relaxation and entertainment. These strongly distracts children from reading. There needs to​ be a​ limit to​ these activities if​ you want to​ convince them that books can be entertaining too.

3. Reading books that are too difficult for their reading level. it​ is​ very discouraging for children to​ open a​ book and not know how to​ read many of​ the words. Where is​ the joy when you struggle to​ get through a​ page? Know your child's reading ability and get books appropriate to​ their level.

4. Reading sessions turn into screaming and put down sessions. Parents need to​ hold realistic expectations of​ their children. Control frustrations when children don't excel as​ fast as​ you wish they would. Watch your tongue and avoid derogatory remarks such as​ "Can't you remember that word, we just read it," or​ "I've told you many times already. What's wrong with you?"

5. Reading books that are of​ no interest to​ them. How do children regard these books? BORING! to​ a​ young boy, reading a​ book on dinosaurs may be more captivating than reading a​ book about Dick and Jane. Draw your teenagers into reading with books that they can relate too. I know when I was that age I was game for books on love, romance, and friendship. Capitalize on your child's hobbies and interests.

6. Forced reading. for older children, sometimes homework is​ in​ the form of​ assigned readings. Usually a​ report has to​ be handed in​ at​ the end. Although this is​ done under good intentions, it​ is​ easy for a​ child to​ regard reading as​ a​ chore to​ be done. Very likely too, the assigned reading is​ not of​ their choice and therefore, not of​ their liking. Reading in​ this situation is​ like dragging feet in​ the mud.

7. Peer pressure. This is​ another factor that affects older children. Kids can be cruel with their branding and teasing. The term "nerds" and "geeks" are usually thrown at​ those that indulge in​ books. Your child may very well choose to​ shun books just to​ fit in​ and be one of​ the "cool kids."

8. Limiting what children read. Imagine if​ you loved sci-fi books but was told you could only read classics. What a​ damper that would be for you right? Be open to​ what your child wants to​ read. You may think your child has moved passed picture books but he wants it​ anyway. Let him. or​ you may think reading comic books have less educational value then reading well known novels. Remember, it's a​ book in​ their hands nonetheless. So, whether it​ be fiction, non-fiction, picture books, comic books, magazines etc... be supportive.

You want to​ get your child reading, you have to​ first show that it​ is​ fun and enjoyable. Don't push too hard to​ get your child to​ learn to​ read or​ read to​ learn. Only when there is​ love for reading can the learning begin.

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