How to inculcate reading habit in your child
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My son is 11 years old, he doesn't like to read books but I insist him to read books every time. What can be done?

Kids find books boring. Make a deal with your child that if he reads at least 2 pages of a book, you will read on the weekend with him. Also check if you read. Many times since parents don’t read, children don’t read.

How to make a kid touch a book first. They are very much interested in computers, TV, tabs rather than in books. Our TV routine time is only half an hour in a week and weekends little more.

Reading with picture books initially will help develop interest. Make reading interesting like after they read ask them to narrate the story adding their  magination. Praise then for reading,  take them to book store and let them explore and pick what they want to read.

My daughter is 5 years old. Could you suggest some books for her to read.

Panchatantra,  encyclopedia for kids,  Children Ramayana and Mahabharata,  Children Bhagvat (This is different from Bhagwad Geeta).

I tried making deals and promises, initially he did and agreed for a few days, but now he is attracted to gadgets. What should be done?

Don’t bribe your child with screen time for reading. Let the child choose what he or she wants to read. Don’t judge or criticise their choice. You read to them. Make reading time with you something they will look forward to.

My kids don't allow me to read books when I am at home but I like to read. I am a working woman, I reach my home around 9.00pm in the evening so I am not able to make time for reading books, rather I read over the phone.( I know it's my fault also). But atleast I want them to read. At night I read story books and tell them.

Switch to a book. Let your books lie around and share with them what you read. Make a ritual to read aloud daily to them and then slowly encourage them to read to you. Keep reading to them and eventually pass the baton to them to read stating you are tired and would appreciate if they read to you. Also visit  book stores and try picking what they like without making an issue about the money spent on the books.

How to redevelop the reading habit for a teenager? As in, my son used to read when he was a kid but doesn't like to read nowadays.

Analyse why, is it gadgets? Or something you said about reading a certain genre or spending on books..If it’s gadgets, buy an amazon Kindle subscription and give a little free hand to choose the book.

The reason of my child losing interest in reading may be because of gadgets, so I tried with Kindle but it's lying as it is.

Do you read? Kids learn from parents. Also check the time you spend on gadgets too.

Do we need to read all types of books or do we restrict them to kid stories?

You can read everything, never restrict.

How about book- audio concept. Do we suggest children this idea?

I don’t endorse it as it does not allow kids to read. No doubt gives knowledge but spellings and other things can’t be developed.

If I get my son gadgets for the use of kindle, etc, will that not affect his eyes?

I didn’t say get a gadget. I just said anyways they use then why not kindle. Why does the restriction come on kindle.

My elder daughter is 12 years old. She loves reading but sometimes she wants to read till late at night and does not wish to sleep. Is this ok or this habit be changed?

Ideally she should sleep on time. You can explain that to her and read for extra time when she has a holiday, but don’t restrict her. Just educate her about sleeping on time.

My younger child is 8 years old. She insists on reading but then I feel that I am unable to guide her well on books. Kindly help.

You don’t have to guide them, you just need to take them to the bookstore and let them choose. Help to explore all kinds and genres of books. If you want, put an upper limit on the book cost.

My daughters are in class 7 and 5. Which non fiction books and fiction books with a message in it would you like to recommend to them. They are in general fond of reading.

Why insist on a message? Let them explore all genres. Encourage them to read biographies of their favorite sportsman or someone similar. Letters of father to a daughter by jawaharlal Nehru is a good book. Fiction there are some old times good novels,  Harry Potter, sudha Murthy books.

Could you suggest some ideal books for a 12 year old child?

Autobiography and biographies,  letter to a daughter by jawaharlal Nehru, old time novels,  Harry Potter, sudha Murthy books.

Parents, kids learn from us. If we read they will make an effort to read. If we read books they will read books. If we read kindle they will think we are spending time on gadgets. So invest in books, keep books around on the bedside,  living room. Pick books, read a page and share what you read. Make it interesting and also nurture the curiosity in them to pick a book by sharing a few things and not all.

Please guide about good books that give insight on career options for 11 year old child

She is just 11 so let her just be and explore everything. Giving career options at this age will restrict her. A suggestion here as a parent we know what our child likes for example if drawing then expose her to those books,  if history then books related to history, geography then books related to different places, if science then books related to that. Biographies of people from her area of interest. This will help her to formulate what she wants to do ahead in life.

My daughter is 2.5 years old. She loves the story time during her bedtime. Please suggest some books. I would love to give her a variety to explore.

There are very beautiful kids encyclopedias, pepper series and similar,  then there is a series of famous personalities just a few pages and few lines. Such books are good reads for your daughters age.

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Nilima Amit – How To Encourage A Good Reading Habits In Your Child

Nilima is from One Life Many Journeys, a Certified Holistic Life Coach from University of Wellness and a Reiki healer. Being a coach and healer helps her to empower people who are at a crossroad of life trying to find their true purpose. She conducts various workshops on various topics to help children, teens and adults become better emotionally and spiritually.She is also a volunteer with Keep Moving Movement an initiative of LifeSchool, under which they visit various schools and conduct life skills trainings for students of 9th and 10th.
She has successfully conducted Children Empowerment workshops for Children and Parents.
She also conducts life skill sessions for Juvenile Children with Care for You Foundation

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