Leisurely reading often becomes a bit more challenging after children finish primary school. Once they begin secondary school, children have to contend with larger doses of homework, multiple enrichment classes and the stress of academic achievement.
Cater to their lifestyles by providing them with online reading sources. Secondary school children spend a fair amount of time online working on homework as well as for entertainment. Additionally, secondary schools often require many assignments to be completed and submitted online, so Internet access at home has become mandatory.
Children’s reading for school is increasingly on a computer screen and less on books.
Subscribe your teen to a magazine about their interest. Magazine articles are short and fun to read for teens who typically have limited attention spans. A magazine subscription will ensure that your teen has something new to read monthly and will encourage them to branch out for more reading fun.
Make it a family habit to read the newspaper. Once children hit the teens, they become more interested in current events. After dinner each day, sit down with them to chat about various social issues locally and globally. These discussions also help hone their critical thinking skills for several classes at school such as history, geography and social studies.
Reach out to them by reading some books written for teens. Young adult novel can give you valuable insights into the concerns and pressures felt by teens. You may find that these books provide a neutral ground on which to talk about sensitive subjects.
Bonding over reading is a potentially nurturing, eye-opening and altogether insightful encounter with your teen.
Do think about this and give it a try!
Check out the other articles in our Bond Over Reading series:
- Read with Your Preschooler!
- Grow a Love of Reading in Your Primary School Child
- Bond Over Reading with Your Secondary School Children
- Gift Your Child with a Love of Reading