School has been out for a week; parents probably have witnessed the teen life. They are texting, texting and texting. They are playing games on their phones out the wazoo. They are wasting time sitting around with their friends who are also texting and playing games. Yet, in this huge brain drain called summer vacation, what can be done to make sure your child is ahead of the curve when returning to school in two short months?
The old adage still exists. If you want to improve your writing skills, you must do three basic tasks: read, read, read!
If you as the parent suggest reading to your child, you will get a fight from your loving child.
“I did this all school year.”
“I need a break. I hate reading. I hate you.”
“I got good enough grades last year.”
The problem with these arguments that sound great to the teenager is their skills will not be as strong with two months of inactivity. Everyone knows this. It does not take a mental giant to understand that two months of no intellectual stimulation will mean less intellectual improvement.
OK, you are thinking, “How do I make my child want to read? My kid does not like to read, never did.”
Parental responsibility must kick in now. You must read along with your children. Remember back in the day when they were first learning to read and you were supposed to read with them. Many of my best memories with my own children were nightly reading sessions as they fell to sleep.
Reading with these same children who are 5 to 15 years older still should exist now, maybe now more important than ever. Require your child to read an hour a day — one of 24 is not bad. Require the child to write a short summary of what he just read. Now, comes the most important part: You must be reading the same books and writing the summaries as well.