In this busy world, you and your children may have less time to read just for pleasure. Kids today have 8 hours less free time than they did 20 years ago. So I have a proposal to rediscover those 8 hours of lost unstructured fun time – time that inevitably leads to more happy and content children.
Here are a few great ways to find this free reading time:
- Schedule time in the day when you and your family read for pleasure. It might be after dinner or before bedtime during the school week or first thing in the morning on the weekends. During this time, make sure all family members participate.
- Have reading material on hand that is truly pleasurable for all members of your family. This means reading material that is fun and exciting for your child. It could be comics, books, magazines, newspapers or free e-books available from most public libraries.
- Read together with your child on the couch or in bed to make this bonding time, too. Talk to your child about what they are reading and share information about books that you are reading.
Quality time spent together with you – their parent – will make your children content and secure with their life. Reading together is the greatest gift you can offer your children – the gift of your time.
What are some ways you create reading time in your home?
For an article on the science of raising happy kids that are confident and content: The Science of Raising Happy Kids