Over the years I’ve had hundreds and hundreds of guys of all ages tell me that they don’t like to read. Whenever I hear this, I say Hogwash! Guys often feel this way because they are often referring to a narrow, stereotypical definition of reading – usually fictional novels.
EVERYONE Likes To Read
When I suggest
that they widen their definition of reading to include comic books, magazines, websites, newspapers, nonfiction, etc., they often agree that they don’t hate to read those types. For the stubborn ones, I ask them to tell me about their hobbies, favorite musicans, sports figure etc,.. Then I suggest, "What if I told you that I had a book right here all about your favorite topic? Would you still say that you hated to read it?"
What Can Adults Do? (quick answer = build their confidence)
Parents and teachers must teach boys that they are readers. Simply encouraging them to read whatever items are of interest to them will show your respect for their tastes and in turn, build their confidence and attitude. The more confiendant a by feels about himslef as a reader. the more likely he will look for opprotunities to read more and eventually branch out into other genres.
The Bottom Line
- Respect what they like to read
- Talk with them often about their reading prefernces
- Build their confidence as a reader
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