Child reading books in the summer
June 27, 2014 9:36 AM Subscribe
My 10 year old girl loves to read. When she gets started, she loves it, but it's the "getting her started" that I have a problem with.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh to Education (33 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
At school, they had mandatory reading for 20 minutes, so that was not a problem during the school year. She did it and she liked it.
Now that it is summer, she wants to watch t.v. which I'm very against. Our family keeps t.v. watching down to a limit, and we only allow shows that are appropriate for a 10 year old. But with summer, she keeps asking for more time, wanting more t.v. She plays outside and has swim lessons, etc., but when she has down time, she does not tend to go get a book, instead she begs me for t.v.
So I had this bright idea of saying to her.......ok, if you read 15 minutes to me, you can watch a half an hour show. She then reads to me, enjoys it, and then picks either a Martha Speaks show or a Brady Bunch to watch. But then throughout the day, she asks to do it again and again and again. So then I had the bright idea of telling her, "Ok, you can read to me two times in a day (that equals one hour of t.v.) and then if you want to read more, go ahead and read quietly to yourself (but no T.V). Well, she doesn't want to do that. She wants to read out loud to me and she wants her reward.
I guess what my problem is...........I feel like I'm creating a child that won't like reading later in life, or feels like she HAS to do it, to get something else she likes.
On earlier posts I've had here, people have told me to not be so intrusive.......to let her read when she wants to, and let her read the kinds of books she wants to. And the thing is, once she starts, she loves it. But it seems she will never just pick a book up and read it quietly. I do that all the time. For one thing, I love to read quietly. For a second thing, I think it's a great example to show her. But she insists on reading out loud to me, which is fine. But now I'm mad at myself because, when I wasn't seeing her pick a book up at all this summer, I made this whole thing where TV becomes a prize afterwards, and now I don't know if I can or should say we don't do that anymore.
Everybody always says a child has to find their own passion in books and I should stay out of it.
Did I mess everything up?
thanks in advance