Dads can make reading a natural part of family life. Share an article you clipped from the newspaper, a poem, a letter, or a random page from an encyclopedia. Record titles of books that left an impact on you and introduce them to other family members. You may motivate family members to venture beyond their usual choices of reading material as well.
Start a family book club, where the adult family members read the same book each month and then have a family get-together where they discuss the book over tea and dessert. Have family members take turns choosing the book to read each month. This helps every single person in the family take responsibility for life-long learning.
For holidays such as Christmas, consider doing a Secret Santa book exchange. Each family member can pick out a book for another based on their interests and personality types. For birthdays and other special occasions, gift books instead of other material goods such as clothes or accessories.
Reading can even be incorporated into simple every family traditions and practised regularly. For example, encourage the reading of a funny new poem during your weekend meals together. It’ll be a great conversation starter and help everyone in the the family grow in their understanding of each other.
Dads, whatever your strategies, know that it is important to communicate to your children the importance of reading at each stage of their lives.
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