In a world where kids seem perpetually tied to their phones, how can you get a teen to read a non-fiction book?
In some homes, families are starting up a revolutionary new family tradition.
They’re giving each family member an actual, physical book as a gift, and then setting aside a one-hour period of time on the holiday where everyone (adults and kids alike) untethers from electronics, sits down together, and reads. Just one quiet hour .
“An hour of reading? My kids won’t want to do that.”
Your kids might groan at this idea at first, but if you give them a couple of weeks notice that this will be happening, (and pay them to comply if necessary), you may find them actually enjoying it.
And if your child has a diagnosed attention disability? You could allow his or her reading time to be just 15 minutes on the first day you start this.
When the reading hour is over, say, “That was fun. Now—who wants some cookies?”
The conversations you have over this particular cookie tray might be some of the most fascinating ones you have all day. All you’ll have to do is ask, “What’s the most interesting thing in your book so far?”
Remember—during the reading hour, you’re planting seeds.
You’re providing space and opportunity for the people you love to be pulled into their book, to be captivated by it, and to develop thirst to read the rest later. It’s one of the best ways to get a teen to read a non-fiction book.
Wondering what books to get for the people you love?
Take a look at this list of 9 books I most love for students and parents.
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Who is Jeannie Burlowski?
Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26, their parents, and the professionals who serve them. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free, ready to move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, Parents Magazine, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.
This article was originally published on this blog on December 10th, 2018. It was most recently updated on November 2nd, 2021.