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Summer Parenting Tip #4: Read

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

You have heard of the “summer slide” – and it is real. Very real. Kids can lose 2 months of what they learned in the prior school year over the summer. 

Now this doesn’t mean you have to load up on textbooks. It just means that your kids should read this summer.

It’s really pretty simple. Any reading helps. Fun reading helps. It really does. Plenty of research shows that kids who read books they select prevent the summer slide. It can be a fun book. It can be any book. It doesn’t need to be “educational.” They just have to read it.

While preventing the summer slide is a big deal, there is a deeper message here. Reading shouldn’t be a chore. It should be fun. Take your kid to the library and bookstore and let them find something that seems interesting to them. Find times and spaces where reading happens. If it’s a sunny day, and you are going to the beach – let them play at the beach. Find time later in the day or a night for a little reading.

A love of reading takes time to cultivate. Kids have lots of other things they want to do. Help them discover the joy of reading for pleasure. Summer is a great time to do that. And – make sure they see you reading too! You can set a great role model for them by sharing your enthusiasm for your summer reading.

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