Read to your kids! We'll make readers of them yet!
This is the mantra screamed to parents everywhere for the past 15 years. And so, reader that I am, I did just that. Did it do any good?
3 out of 3 of my boys DON'T like to read. Sigh. Break a mother's heart, why don't you.
No, they apparently got their father's genes (newspapers and magazines only, thank you), and regardless of what any "study" says, I believe this is an inborn trait: either you're a reader or you're not and no amount of forced reading is going to change that.
Which is why these school forced reading programs are driving me nuts. Our kids HAVE to read and pass tests on a certain amount of books every quarter and it counts as a grade on their report cards. We're talking eleven chapter books for a 10 year old, outside of school hours. Excuse me, since when has forcing a child to do something he hates succeeded in changing their minds about it? Didn't work with me and vegetables. I'm just saying.
Listen, my earliest memories are of sitting on the library floor surrounded by that yummy book smell listening to the crack of the plastic cover as I opened a book. But I contend, I was born that way, a reader, and nothing would've prevented me from being a total bookworm. So, please, schools, let's stop forcing extracurricular reading upon our kids. For my boys, it's done nothing but turn a pleasurable activing into a dreaded chore.