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Reading In Front Of Your Kids Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
There are many memories floating around in my head of seeing my Dad or Mom sitting around the house reading. Either reading magazines or books. I can't help but think that the example set by my parents is what encouraged me to be such an avid reader at a young age. Like many kids in my age group, by the time I was 12 years old I didn't go anywhere without a book. At that time we didn't have the entertainment options that are available now. But I don't think that's the only reason that many of us were readers.
I'm sure that the example that our parents set was a big part of it. Back then the stereotypical evening scenario was Dad comes home from work and after dinner sits in his big chair and reads the newspaper (that didn't happen with my Dad since he didn't read the newspaper much). Now the scenario has changed. Dad comes home from work and after dinner sits in his big chair and watches TV.
Kids want to be like their parents (or they want to be what they think there parents should be). So when they see their parents reading a lot then I'm sure that rubs off.
My teenage daughter loves to read. That's good. The younger kids aren't as interested right now. I would like them to have more interest in reading so I'm going to start setting a better example. I want my kids to see me reading. I will love it when they decide to get a book and sit next to me on the couch while I'm reading.

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