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How to raise a child who loves to read?

Reading is one of the best ways for me to relax - alone or together with my Daughter... 😊

Now as she is old enough for longer stories, and often opts for series, we spend even more time cuddling and reading. We just stop during the day for 10 minutes reading when she needs to relax a bit, or when I feel we need it 😅 

She also likes to ask me to read while she is playing. Honestly, I thought she is not even listening... but it turned out that she remembers perfectly all the stories! We started this as a regular habit during the pandemic. Well sometimes "cheating" a bit with audiobooks. And I also read and recorded some of her favorites, this way saving some time for working, while allowing her to listen to a tale read by Mum. 😊


Why is Reading Important?

When reading, besides gaining important knowledge, and exercising our brains, we also make a huge step towards guarding our mental health!
As a Mother of a young kid, one of the most relaxing activities, my number 1 self-care routine is reading! Reading can reduce stress, and improve your memory - a win-win for busy Moms 😁

I always have more books being read at the same time... I do not say it is a good practice, just to not be afraid of starting a different one before finishing what you already read. Sometimes I feel like reading a romantic novel before going to sleep but finding 2 minutes during our morning rush for reading a short page of a daily quote or positive thought can also be a huge support for me to have a great start to the day!

Why is Reading Important for Children?

Besides cuddling and reading being a great experience for both of us, without a doubt, reading with children can be a great support for early literacy too. Building the habit of reading early age can help children to develop into good readers and writers.

On the blog of Fab Working Mom Life, you can also read about 3 no cost ways to encourage imagination with reading!


How to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read?

If you like to be a bit competitive - or just to set up goals for yourself, a reading challenge can be a great adventure.

Depending on your kids' age and reading ability, there are various ways to read together.

  • You can read the story to your kids, if they aren't reading yet, or just feel tired after a long day.
  • With older children, sharing the reading is also a great option. Take turns - you read one page, and they read one page... this will take the pressure of reading a whole book alone off the kids.
  • Listen to your kids reading you the story - or make them read to younger siblings or other kids. They will feel proud and stay motivated. True story 😊

I loved the idea I found on the Chaos & Wine blog about using a "hook" like a movie based on a great book to motivate the kids to start reading as well! 

You can also play and set up different reading challenges, eg. pick a character from the story and make your kids try to figure out who it is by giving clues like "she has red hair" until they find it out... then swap roles.

Feel free to use the Reading Challenge template below and make your kids color the special reading "tasks" completed 😊

If you are looking for more activities, you can check my other posts with a family bucket list, or get some activity ideas for traveling.


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Comments

  1. Anonymous9/21/2022

    Reading with your child is fun and helps with bonding. I read with my daughter, and she enjoys it. Sometimes she brings her favorite books so we can read together. Amazing write-up.

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  2. Anonymous9/21/2022

    I love this! My 4 year old is starting to read and I take him to the library every week to get books. Your reading challenge has given me more ideas to incorporate reading throughout the day. Thank you!

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  3. Anonymous9/21/2022

    That reading challenge is a great idea! We read books with the kids a lot but now my 5 yr old daughter is supposed to read a simple book each night herself, it’s a struggle to get her to do it. I think this would motivate her

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  4. Great post, I think it's so important children learn to love to read!

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  5. Raising readers is so important! I have two teen boys that are avid readers and I'm working on raising two more! We read daily - a LOT and it's not only the reading that's important it's the bonding and shared experience. I still read aloud to my older boys occassionally too!

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