While our daughter caught on to reading right away, we discovered that out son has some dyslexia and found reading and writing a frustrating challenge. So reading aloud to the kids went on for many years, even when Noah ought to be reading on his own.
When Noah, the elder, was about ten, his dad began to read the entire Narnia Chronicles aloud. This became a cherished bedtime routine and there was considerable complaining on nights that were missed. Both our kids loved those books and we would discuss parts they asked about. Our daughter later reread them herself when she was about ten and has been an avid reader ever since.
During that same time Noah was interested in trains, model trains, and all things technical, so we bought him books and magazines with those subjects, mostly short articles that told him how things worked and what they did. Because he has a keen aptitude for those they did not frustrate him the way stories did. But he still struggled with fiction.
Then, in high school, he got the kind of help that he needed to overcome his difficulty. An exceptional teacher took a shine to him and each year his marks rose, so that he eventually made the dean’s list his first year in community college, studying IT.
Now, Noah reads novels, mostly crime and detective or mystery books, but you could have knocked me over with a feather the day he told us he had completed Moby Dick. I mean, I haven’t read Moby Dick, for heaven’s sake.
Now, Noah reads about a book a week as he sits on the train during his daily commute. He reads for pleasure. I credit our early reading aloud sessions for whetting his appetite, and that wonderful teacher for helping him believe in himself.
I cannot stress enough, how important it is for parents to share books and a love of reading with their kids. Had we not done that our son would likely not be the successful man he is today. Now it’s his turn. Even as his wife’s belly grew, he would read to the bulge every night. Now that Nathan is born that continues. The torch is passed.
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