Do you have a child that doesn’t like to read? I did too! It was a shock to see our oldest daughter growing up into a late reader, and worse one that didn’t like to read. She is now 12 and I have learned something that I wish I had a long time ago!
The moment is everything! My child is a very hands on child, she likes to build and create and is not a passive child. Sitting still is not something she has ever enjoyed and seems to be against her very nature. All these years we tried program after program spent night after night reading to and with her and nothing seemed to click for her, nothing until a few months ago that is.
My little social butterfly was having issues with friends who had been jealous about a boy liking my daughter. They decided to go around saying some hateful and untrue things about her, telling others she is a lesbian, as if #1 that is a bad thing and #2 as if it where true. It just isn’t but these girls know that my daughters Aunt is a Lesbian and will be getting married soon. My daughter tried to use her social skills to navigate the situation. She turned to those adults in her life she trusts and still she felt lost in it all. So I pulled out our e-reader and got her some books on the topic and gave it to her. To my shock she spent the whole night reading and came up with a plan of action. Her plan did not work right away but soon things changed and her friends where sorry and now things are better than ever and my daughter is reading and enjoying it better than ever.
What did I miss before? Timing! Timing is everything. While we have such a wide variety of books in the house it was not often that I would pull one out to fit a situation. With a hands on child this is key! They live in the moment and want to be able to DO something, so the book needs to help them do something right then. Not in the future and not in their minds.
So now I am quick to find kindle books to fit the moment for my daughter. It is such a great change to see. I should have known this years ago. Maybe this experience will help you! With this in mind, my blog supported by a few other great blogs are giving away a Kindle Touch! You can follow the link to the giveaway. I am celebrating with the help of other blogs 3,000 fans on my facebook page for this blog. I hope to give away a Kindle Fire when we hit 5k fan! So come by and say hello!