Monday, November 17, 2014

5 ways to foster a love of reading + giveaway!

5 Ways to Foster a Love of Reading
Today’s post is an excerpt from the book “Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World” by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane.

Scroll to the bottom for a chance to win a copy of this book for yourself!

5 Ways to Foster a Love of Reading for Your Child

“1. Read aloud to your child.
When your child is young, place him in your lap and read to him every day. Not only are you teaching him language and bonding with your child, you are creating a happy memory that will draw him to books in the future. As your kids get older, they can sit next to you while you read a book the whole family will enjoy.

2. Visit the library regularly.
Most things in life aren’t free, but the library still is. Take advantage of the vast resources of your local library. Look up favorite authors in the library catalog and request those books if you don’t see them immediately available. That will give your child something to look forward to during the next trip to the library. And don’t forget to pick up a book for yourself.

3. Reading time for screen time.
Some parents have successfully helped their children embrace books by making reading a prerequisite to screen time. If your child reads for thirty minutes, she can earn thirty minutes of screen time afterward.

4. Find books that interest your child.
What does your child enjoy—stories about ponies or biographies or baseball heroes? Look for books your child can’t put down. Ask your friends with kids the same age or older for reading suggestions. Don’t give up until you find a good fit for your reader.

5. Let them catch you reading.
When your child sees you snuggled on the couch with a good book, it will encourage her to do the same. Talk to your kids about what you are reading and show them by your example that books are helpful and engaging.”

Growing Up Social
Already at three-years-old, Nolan is frequently asking us if he can watch one of his favorite shows. Oftentimes the word “no” does not satisfy him, and he continues asking, or he tries convincing the other parent. And to be honest, he’s an easier kid when he’s watching TV, so it’s tempting to turn on a show for him. But I do worry that his generation will be SO addicted to screens. We don’t want our sons to be the kids playing games on a phone at weddings, holidays, and other family gatherings.

“Growing Up Social” really prompts parents to think about the effect of technology on their kids (and themselves!) There are handfuls of advice about limiting screen time so that kids find the skills to show affection, appreciate others, deal with anger, apologize for mistakes, and pay attention.

The end of the book has discussion questions for each chapter, in case you want to work through the book with your spouse, a friend, or a group.

“Gary Chapman is an author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. Visit”

“Arlene Pellicane is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today Show, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Visit”

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  1. Hi Rachel-

    Just read your blog post on Chasin' Mason, I have followed your blog for quite sometime now & love it. I could so easily relate to your post! I am a mom to a 1 year old & almost 3 year old boy and knew nothing about being a boy mom! I also fear that my boys won't have a close mother/son relationship!

    Crazy how mom's all have the same fears!

  2. How cute is he! Will definitely need to keep this in mind for the future!!

    Jenna from Visions of Vogue


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