Take A Tech Break: 7 Ways To Raise A Reader

father son readingThese days it is easy to let your children get engrossed in the world of their iPads; there’s educational games, movies and even interactive stories that can be read to them highlighting reading words just like mom and dad.  However, this may not be the best way for our children to get a love of reading.

Princess Ivana, featured blogger at Modern Mom,  wants to fix that by encouraging parents to use bedtime stories.  Yup. The classic story time can be your time to encourage young readers’ love of books.  Here’s seven ways you can make this time count.

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1. Make stories part of bedtime:  Reading with your children during this time increases their chances they’ll feel positive about reading.  Dr. Barry Zuckerman, chief of pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and co-founder of Reach Out and Read, says, “It’s tough for kids to say goodbye to the excitment of the day so falling asleep can be so much sweeter with a parent at their side, reading their favorite bedtime story…”

2. Bedtime story party:  Start bedtime a little early and give your child a chance to have a little more fun with the reading adventure before winding down.  You can have family members act out the story with flying, finding treasure, or dressing in costume.