We get worried about our kids, don’t we? And, we don’t wait to start when they’re on their way to college. No, we get going before they’re one year old.
Let’s make sure we put her down for her nap listening to Mozart. I heard it helps with cognitive development!
If you’re one of those parents hyper-focused on (obsessed with!) education, it’s even worse. You know who you are! If “Johnny” can’t recite the Constitution backwards in Latin, while building a nuclear aircraft carrier from Legos by the time he’s seven, as a parent, you’re missing the mark.
Okay a bit of exaggeration, but for many parents, when we see the years ticking by . . . 7, 8, 9, . . . and our kids still aren’t reading, concern sets in. We all know that reading is a vital gateway to learning and to success in life.
“Will my son (daughter) ever read well?”
Sometimes we don’t feel very smart . . . are we doing something wrong?
There’s a better way. How do successful parents encourage their kids to read?
How do we give our children a love for reading?
Many of us should start with . . .
What NOT to Do!
- Don’t Use The Sausage Method. The sausage method works great for stuffing sausages but trying to stuff reading down the resistant mind of your child will result in the opposite of what you desire. Kids can’t be forced to read and all of our demands, threats, and warnings and overwrought efforts to get them to LIKE READING! will only damage our relationship with our children
- Don’t Use Shame. Don’t Communicate “Failure” by your Words, Countenance, or Actions. Kids know when we’re disappointed in them, even if nothing is said. We parents have many effective ways of communicating with our children – even when we don’t mean to. As sensitive as radar from a nuclear sub, our kids catch our vibe. There’s nothing shameful about not reading at an early age so make sure you aren’t communicating that you’re disappointed or ashamed of where you child is at.
- Don’t Compare. Don’t compare your child with his/her siblings or with the neighbor kids. Every child is different and your child is a unique, wonderful, special creation of our Creator God.
What To Do!
- Relax! No, really! Just relax and remind yourself of something very important: Every child is different. Our oldest didn’t read until age 10. Did I worry? Well, maybe a little! (He graduated from college last year and will be starting his Masters this Fall . . . this from the boy who couldn’t read!)
- Limit Electronics. You’ll definitely get some push-back but you can’t find time to read when it’s competing with video games, music, and snapchat. 20/7 is too long for anyone to be connected to the internet. If you don’t limit the cotton candy, they’ll never learn to enjoy a good meal.
- If they’re young, Read Stories To Them. Build a love for adventure and imagination through reading aloud to them.
- If they already read, provide first-rate fiction that is filled with the things they love. Leave it here, there, and everywhere for them to find. When was the last time you, as a parent, enjoyed being bored? Never! Right? Our kids are no different. If their imaginations are going to be captured and engaged, it will only happen with the kind of stories that have what it takes to capture and engage!
This is the reason we love Hawthorn’s Discovery (first in the Tales of Larkin Series) and Slave, Brave, and Free. Our own kids absolutely love these titles. They’ve all read Slave Brave, and Free multiple times. One of their friends said to me, “I’ve read Slave, Brave, and Free 14 times! It’s my favorite book!” And when Hawthorn’s Discovery showed up, our son curled up in the corner and read it front-to-back in three days, which was quite the feat. It’s 450 pages of intrigue, adventure, treachery, courage, loyalty, and honor.
Aren’t the best stories the ones we see ourselves participating in? One of my sons told me that during the battle scenes, he was a Larkin warrior on the battlefield! Now that’s the sign of a great story!
If you have readers in your home or are trying to encourage your kids, grandkids, or others to read more, these books will set fire to their imaginations.
Right now, Loyal Arts Media, LLC (the publisher . . . Lisa’s and my publishing company) is offering both of these books as a bundle at a special 20% discount. We’re calling it “The Getting Kids To Love Reading! Bundle”. The retail is $35 but you can get both of them, today, for $27.00. You’ll be so glad you did! Your kids will love them.
Fighting Ants is no big deal, right? . . . unless you’re 1 inch tall . . . !
And then, there’s the snake!
In Hawthorn’s Discovery, these small, valiant warriors have some BIG Adventures!
The Larkin are a race of one-inch tall people who survive in the wilderness by using only Stone Age weapons for defense against snakes, birds, rodents, and savage Renegades.
Hawthorn is a Larkin teen preparing for his first hunt, but when it finally comes, Renegades attack his hunting party. Hawthorn has to find a way to stay alive and rescue the others. In the process, he uncovers a new clan of people and discovers challenging truths that will change his world forever.
Here’s What Moms Have To Say . . .
“My son got lost in the Tales of Larkin and barely came up for air. Engaging, heartening, and packed full of adventure and heroism, it inspired my young reader to live for a higher purpose.”
Sarah Mackenzie, Host of the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast
“To keep the attention of my two boys, a story must be full of adventure, easy to understand, and move quickly. To meet my highest mark of approval, it must be packed with meaning, make my boys think, and point them to Christ. The Tales of Larkin do all of these things and more! Hawthorn and his crew have made a permanent mark on our hearts and honestly feel like family.”
Brooke McGlothlin, Co-Founder and President of Raising Boys Ministries
“Our boys absolutely loved the first in the Tales of Larkin series, Hawthorn’s Discovery! I’m confident your kids will love it, too. Seeing your kids curled up with a good book, lost in adventure – it’s a parent’s dream come true!”
Lisa Jacobson, Founder, www.Club31Women
Three Boys Lost And Alone in the Wilds of Upper Canada . . . how will they survive?
In Slave, Brave, and Free, three young boys from different cultures had learned to hate, yet they find themselves thrust together in the wilderness. Will their will to survive be enough to bring them together against the elements, the wild animals, and unscrupulous trappers they encounter?
It’s the late 1700s and all three of them are lost and alone in the wilderness of Upper Canada . . . where did they belong now?
Okot Deng (pronounced “oh-Coat”) knew no other world than the African savannah where his Dinka tribesmen lived a peaceful existence – until he was captured and sold as a slave to the owner of a Virginia tobacco plantation. His hatred for white men and their God grows as he is punished and starved, until he knows he must be free or die.
Chipagawana is the proud son of Onondaga Chief, Thunder Arm. He lives for the day he will take his place beside his brothers as a brave of his tribe. He has learned to hate the white man, whose whiskey makes fools of the wisest braves and whose God-houses anger the Great Spirit. But then he is mauled by a bear and finds himself lost in the bush, alone and dying. If he is going to survive, he has to make a decision . . . is he willing to receive help from the enemy?
Paul Brentwood is the son of a circuit-riding preacher who left England to bring God’s Word to the Iroquois Tribe in Upper Canada. But Paul has a reason to hate, too. The Indians who massacred his best friend’s family have now ambushed his father. He was raised in the bush so survival was no problem . . . if he can remain undetected by the Iroquois scouts as he finds hi way home to get an answer to the burning question: Did his father make it? Is he still alive?
These three would never have met but for a strange twist of fate – or is it the Hand of Providence? –that forces them together in a way that changes their lives and the lives of those around them, forever.
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