Help your child fall in LOVE with reading!

Does your child moan and groan when it is time to read? Does it feel like pulling teeth to get them to sit and listen to or read a story?

We know that reading is vital to gaining knowledge, understanding the world, and one of the ultimate life skills. But how in the world can we get our child to fall in with love reading? 

There are a few different strategies to try to help your child become a reader. The first and most important one is PATIENCE. The parent must have patience. Each person has their own pace of learning. Their own pace of growth. This is true for children and adults alike. 

Children usually do not like reading for two main reasons – they have not found what they like to read either in subject or format OR they lack confidence in their reading skills or are reading books that are too hard for them. 

Here are some tips to help with both of those things!

Help children become aware of their own interests. Your child might say that books are ‘boring’ – if so, keep trying different topics until something hits an interest spot. We don’t know what we don’t know, and exposure to all sorts of different subjects can help to find something new and intriguing. 

Try many different book styles and formats. There are so many different formats of reading material. Think about all of the different things you read in a day. This blog post, instagram captions, news articles, signs, grocery lists the list goes on. Some different formats you could try with your children are: magazines, non fiction books, fiction novels, poetry, reviews of movies or games, comic books, instructional books like how to craft or cook and/or graphic novels. 

Build on a curiosity. Most children have certain topics or activities that intrigue them. Find a story that has a similar character to one they love elsewhere, is on a topic or sport they are interested in, or a nonfiction book that describes more about something they want to know about. Does your child love video games? If so, get them a cheat code book or an instructional book on how to defeat a level.

Start small. Overwhelming your child and forcing them to read day in and day out will create more resistance and a more negative attitude toward reading. Start with small chunks of time and varied approaches. 

Model it.  Engaging in reading in front of our children is so important – children will not think something is important if you do not also do it. Point out when you are reading it that your child might not have noticed before. Say out loud ‘I am going to read the grocery list’ ‘I loved reading that comic strip’ Show them that it is something that you do in different ways everyday. 

Engage with your child. Read with your children. This shared experience can build your bond. This is also a great opportunity to help children who don’t have a lot of confidence in their reading ability feel comfortable knowing that they have your support with the text. 

Talk about books. Ask your child about the texts that they are engaged in. Ask them what they liked and didn’t like about it. Engaging in conversation about the things children read (books, reviews, grocery lists etc) helps to show the importance of reading. It also helps you to get to know them as a reader and choose things in the future that you learn they will like. 

Growing your child as a reader does not have to be a difficult task. Take a deep breath, be prepared to have patience and start trying some of these different strategies with your children.

The WHY Behind My Career

I love educating. I love helping. My passion is to teach others things they need to know in order to be successful with their goals.

And it is something that I have been doing for over a decade. 

I started out my experience in education in the traditional sense. Training to work in the classroom. The plan, teach kids academics and skills that would help them move into the world. The why, because it was everything that I needed

I grew up in a home that did not have positive adult role models. My parents were divorced and I saw my dad once or twice a year. My mom worked multiple jobs, and when she wasn’t working, she was spending her time at the bar. My dad and my mom’s boyfriends were not the type of guys we could have been protected or supported by, even if they were around. Starting when I was in second grade my sister and I were on our own to make the majority of our meals, take care of our home, get ourselves to school and basically do life. 

As you can imagine, this left very little time for me to learn a lot about life that I should have been guided through. There is only so much you can learn while making another batch of mac ‘n cheese alone or dishing up some crackers and cheese for dinner each night. 

I had to learn to interact with people and to understand social cues. I needed help in strategies to gain knowledge and ideas, to learn how to use my creativity, to problem solve. I had to develop and hone my skill of being a critical thinker and a hard worker who persevered through difficult things. These were not strategies that I got from my parents. These were strategies that I learned through, yes my time raising myself, but also my time in the classroom.

I was fortunate enough to have not just teachers – but educators – who were invested in me. They knew that I needed more than most, and they gave it to me. 

I wanted to give back in the same way. 

So I did. I took my passion and worked with low income and minority communities. Sharing life skills, not just academics, and creating more passionate, creative, resilient people to put out into the world. 

Now, my goal is to work with parents too. To build these same strategies in their children. Our world needs it. It will always need it. And we have the power and the ability to do this work!

Whole Human Family Wellness

My passion, for as long as I can remember, has been to help people do and be better. Whether that meant helping to inspire and encourage friends, teaching the younger generation, building skills and abilities in those about to graduate and go into their career or bringing new ideas to those who have been in their profession a while. 

I have helped educate many different people of many different ages for over a decade now. The depth and breadth to which I have been able to practice my craft has really helped me to see what I like the most. Which in reality is – all of it. 

I love educating. I love helping. My passion is to teach others things they need to know in order to be successful with their goals. 

When I began Whole Human and created this community, it’s focus was on educating and empowering individuals to focus on their health in a sustainable way. To reach their goals in a way that fit for their lifestyle and created confidence and happiness. 

In working with parents in this structure – I was able to remember back to how impacting whole families through my time in the classroom mattered a lot to me. It struck my heart over and over again. It made me realize the wider impact I was having. So, I am bringing that back. 

I have chosen to add and focus on Family Services within the Whole Human Community, and I am so excited about it!

Please take a moment to cruise around the Whole Human website and see some things that I will be offering to parents and to their children. Click in to and follow the WholeHumanCommunity Instagram and see the new posts there! Take a moment to share my website and Instagram with any and all parents that you think would be interested or benefit from tips and tricks on raising their children to be productive members of our global community. 

Thank you all for your support in the Whole Human Community so far, and thank you for your support into the future!

Why Does Play Matter?

Remember when you were a kid and you always had to do your homework before you could play?

For a very long time, we were shown and told that the only way to learn was by sitting in a room with an all knowing adult at the front.

Play, it turns out, isn’t a luxury, it is a necessity. It is a vital part of the learning process.

Play gives children the ability to practice scenarios that might happen in life. It builds their background knowledge of different people, places, activities and lifestyles.

When children play they learn how to read body language and facial expressions, they learn social cues and how to understand and work with their own emotions. Children who speak different languages benefit from interactive play as it creates context for spoken language.

Fantasy play grows abstract thinking and self regulation.
Constructive play fosters problem solving, deepening understanding of the topic, connecting and questioning.
Games with rules enhance logic, strategy, planning as well as competition and resilience.
Horseplay fosters self regulation and emotional management.

Even as adults – our play might look different than our children’s but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t help us to learn. Being a marathon runner gave me so many lessons in perseverance and hard work!

Engaged and playful learners become engaged and playful people of the world.

What is your favorite way to play with your child?

Resource: Purposeful Play