Hey, I'm "Reading" Here!
July 23, 2011 7:00 AM Subscribe
Toddler Zizzle doesn't like being read to, but he likes to "read" books on his own. Should we make more effort to read to him, or is this okay for now?
posted by zizzle to education (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
TZ is two and a half. He had an EI intervention and was determined to have a language delay, but has all the right precursors for language and he uses two word phrases contextually and he babbles a mile a minute pretty much constantly. So he just seems to need a little help, which he should be getting soon.
I want to read books to him, and we have a lot of books for him. He loves his books, but he doesn't like us to read to him. He does like to take them and "read" them himself. He'll flip through the pages and then proudly shout, "The end!" And he'll do this for a long time. But any time we try to read to him, he grabs the book, says, "Mine!" and sits down to "read" to himself. Sometimes he clears his throat, "Ahem!" like and will clearly start to "read" to us.
Sometimes I'm able to read to him on the train during our commute, but lately he'd rather "read" to himself on the train. We also took to reading to him when he was having his bath, but now he wants to take the books in the bath....
Reading is clearly important for language, and I want to read to him --- but he'd rather read to himself. How much do we just sorta insist on reading to him whether he likes it or not? I'd much rather not make reading a power struggle, and I'm happy he likes books so much. I just wish I could read one to him.