Calling all dads, calling all dads!
In a world with too many deadbeats dads, I witnessed a wonderful sight while waiting for my daughter in the dentist waiting room – a dad, his infant baby, his middle school son, and his young daughter – all involved in reading.
The teenage brother
When I first sat down, I noticed the older boy was reading a book out loud to his younger sister. Was he shy or embarrassed about reading in front of a room full of people? Not at all! Not only did the he read, but I could tell that he also
was practicing his own reading skills at the same time as being a good role model to his sister.
Dad gets involved
The dad could have easily told his kids to just sit there and be quiet or to look at books themselves, but did he? No, not at all! He added comments here or there to help his son, and even took over reading after a few minutes. What a good role model for all of his kids, as well as the rest of us in the room.
Good things that occurred
- Dad being involved with his kids
- Dad supporting oral hygiene
- Dad having the older son be a good role model
- The older son practicing his own reading
- The younger sister getting exposed to books
- Dad setting the example that reading is important
A note to other dads…
Its never too late to be involved with your children’s reading experiences, even if you don’t consider yourself much of a reader. By being involved, you can send a message that you care – both academically, as well as personally. Just go for it!
A side note:
Before I left, I complimented the dad and got permission to post their photo and story on GettingBoysToRead.com.
Questions to discuss
What reading experiences (both good and bad) have you had with your dad?