Ideas to Get Your
Child to Form
Healthy Habits

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Ideas to get your child to foster a love of reading

Did you know that it can take more than 66 days to form a habit? Create a plan that includes incentives and education to get your voice heard and make it last. Here are some ideas to get you started. Tailor a plan according to your particular parenting style and beliefs. Use whatever fits, ignore what doesn't and add your own. Need more info? Read our article "How to Get Your Children to Sleep, Eat Better, Do Homework Faster & More".

Ways you can incentivize productive decision making:
Verbally praise or reward them if they read on their own, read more than they were asked, or read faster/better than they were.
Let them read for pleasure. Parents say Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Magic Tree House and the Chronicles of Narnia are the top books or series every child should read.
Consider getting the illustrated version of Harry Potter to get them into reading longer books.
Get them their own library card. Make it a big deal that they've finally gotten big enough for their first ID card.
Download apps that make books come alive such as The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Download apps that make reading a game such as Endless A-Z Alphabet.
Read to them. More than 40 percent of frequent readers ages six through 10 were read to out loud at home.
Create a bed-time reading routine. Here are some of the best bedtime stories organized by age group.
Ways you can keep them accountable and on track:
If they don't want to read on their own, they can get out of a night of reading if they're tired in exchange for something. You can read to them that night instead.
Ways you can educate them for long-term intrinsic reasoning:
Show them videos of other children enthusiastically reading some of their favorite books.
Teach them that reading can help them learn new things, travel to places they've never been and live adventures vicariously.
Teach them that reading can help develop empathy. Understanding others helps you convey ideas better and form better bonds.
Teach them that reading can make you 2.25 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's.
Teach them that reading can help you fall asleep more easily and enter an even deeper sleep.
Teach them that reading can reduce stress even more than music.
Teach them that reading can enhance dreaming. Readers have reported dreaming of the characters and worlds in the novels they read.
Teach them that reading can enhance dreaming. Readers have reported dreaming of the characters and worlds in the novels they read.
Keep a keen eye to anything that reading makes easier in their lives, such as being able to read what is on the label of the toy box or even how to navigate the world around us.
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When it happens...

verbally acknowledge, give expectations, educate, and write it down.

Look for Opportunities

Whenever the opportunity arises to educate around this topic, do so.

Repeat at Allowance

At allowance time, review, incentivize and repeat your messaging again.

Remember, habit change takes a long time so be patient!
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