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Reading Resolutions: Building a Family Reading Habit in the New Year

As we embrace the fresh start of the new year, it’s the perfect time to build new habits with our families – and what better habit to establish than reading together? A family reading routine not only strengthens bonds but also encourages a lifelong love of books in children. Here’s how you can build a family reading habit in the New Year:

Set Achievable Goals

Start by setting realistic reading goals. This could be as simple as reading together for 15 minutes each night or finishing a particular number of books each month. Goals should be attainable and flexible to adapt to your family’s schedule and interests.

Create a Cozy Reading Nook

Designate a special spot in your home as a reading nook. It doesn’t have to be fancy – a few cushions, a blanket, and good lighting are enough to create a welcoming and comfortable space for your reading adventures.

Choose Books Together

Involve your kids in the book-choosing process. It could be a trip to the local library or bookstore, or browsing an online collection. Giving your kids a say will help build their interest and excitement about reading.

Incorporate Variety

Introduce a variety of genres to keep things interesting – from fantasy and adventure to science and history. Don’t hesitate to include comic books and graphic novels, as they are excellent tools for engaging reluctant readers.

Lead by Example

Children copy what they see. If they see you reading and enjoying books, they’re more likely to read and enjoy books as well. Share your reading experiences and discuss books with your kids, showing them that reading is a valuable part of life.

Make it a Tradition

Consider incorporating reading into your family traditions. This could be reading a specific book on certain holidays or a family book club where everyone reads the same book and then discusses it.

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