Submitted by Kelli M
When our first child was born 4 years ago I worried my husband was too boring when, and if, he would ever read to her. He didn’t bring stories to life at all and was never enthusiastic about reading time.
What I finally recognized is that my husband and many other dads out there simply don’t enjoy reading aloud; however, they will do it because they love their children and have fun spending time with them.
It follows that perhaps said dads might read more with their children if the fun factor were increased a notch or two.
6 Things a Wife Can Do
So, here are some ways to make it more fun for the man of the house to happily belly up to the bookcase:
- Take the pressure off and let reading time just be about fun.
- Welcome unconventional “Dad only” reading materials such as the sports section, comic books, or your child’s favorite website.
- Give Dad a reading sabbatical and instead plan a Dad-sponsored trip to the library.
- Remind him reading is about more than just words on the pages of a book – there are cereal boxes, street signs, DVD covers, instruction sheets for their favorite toys, and more.
- Encourage Dad to skip the books now and then and just spend time making up silly stories with the kiddos.
- Suggest that he turn the tables and invite the little ones to “read” their favorite books to him – doesn’t matter if they can actually read or not.
Over the Years
Over the years, I have watched my 4-year-old daughter and now my 2-year-old son look forward to reading time with their Daddy, and it warms my heart. My husband did not become an extraordinary storyteller; he developed a fun and loving relationship with his children, so they love spending time together.
So, dads may not always be the best and most enthusiastic readers. However, modeling superb reading skills and being great storytellers is not really why we should want dads to read with their children.
The best reason in the world
for dads to read with their children is because they love them and because it’s fun. So, let’s help all those great dads who love their children find ways to make reading more fun for himself and the kids. After all, FUN is what reading should really be about, and dads are usually pretty good at having fun once they find it.