5 ways to encourage your child to read

We all know that reading regularly can boost your vocabulary, your world awareness and improves your attention and focus skills, but that’s probably not a good enough reason for your children or teenagers to pick up a good book. Here are some reasons you can use to encourage young people to read that you might not have thought of before.

 

  1. Reading can build your self-esteem

From infancy through to adulthood, being read to or reading ourselves allows us to learn about the world. The more that we learn, the greater our knowledge about a particular area becomes, people may come to you for answers about that topic and this can boost your self-esteem.

  1. Reading can help reduce stress

Taking time out and reading a favourite book rather than watching TV or playing a game can help organize your thoughts, allow you to focus and attend to something other than the source of your stress. Think about the comfort of reading to a child at bedtime to help relax, focus their attention and put the energy of the day behind them. This effect can be the same for all of us!

  1. Reading can help you earn more and become successful

This one’s for the teenagers looking for financial freedom: if you focus your reading on a particular area and develop your expertise, then you become more marketable and can demand a higher salary! It’s simple supply and demand.

  1. Reading can save you time

It can feel like something done to pass by time on a tedious long journey, but literature is actually an ultimate time-saver — because it gives us access to a range of emotions and events that would usually take you years, decades, millennia to experience directly. Literature is the greatest reality simulator — a machine that puts you through infinitely more situations than you can ever directly witness. It helps that your imagination is stimulated, forcing you to create as you read.

  1. Reading can change your life

Certain books can have a ‘life affirming’ effect on an individual which may encourage them to make life changing decisions, such as pursuing a new career, moving to a new country or starting or ending a relationship. It can help people manage their depression, help reduce feelings of isolation and ‘I’m the only one’.