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Why Is Reading To Your Kids Every Night Important Homework? Teach Your Children How To Read

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Reading At Home

Reading at home is an important practice while forming a progressive and prosperous family foundation.

The most important thing that your children will ever be exposed to-more than watching television, playing electronic games or utilizing any other form of media -is seeing their parents read.

Whether it be in the form of Newspapers, Books, Bibles, or even Cookbooks, children will watch you and they will subconsciously pick up your discipline.

Here are some of the things that I thought of to use as a basic guide for how to set limits and rules, enforce them, and implement consequences for not being compliant.

Please Comment and share your opinions. Feel free to share with me things that you have tried that work, or things that don't.

Here's what I came up with:

Dr. Seuss

Bedtime

Bedtime is at the established time, sharp! You are to be in your bed by this time.

  • Once in bed, stay in bed; do not get up because you “forgot” something.
  • Bedtimes can change for a variety in reasons, including getting home later from a function, etc. We will deal with such situations as the time comes.

These are my ideas based on my personal upbringing, input from friends and family, as well as suggestions from professionals in the field.

Feel free to comment and tell me what you think. I find that the practices above work for my family. All families are different, and I would love to know what you do!

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Homework & Media Privileges

This can be developed into a "Contract" with your kids.

All homework must be completed as soon as you get home from school. (You may have a quick snack first, preferably fruit.)

  • Before using the television or computer, all homework must be checked and signed off , including your agenda.
  • Homework is your priority; your job . It comes before any form of entertainment.
  • Everyone will be able to use the computer for up to (2) hours per night, providing all homework is completed.
  • All television and computers are to be turned off by the time established within each household.

· Computers, games, and television are not rights; they are privileges and can be taken away as such.

Your ability to maintain these privileges is dependent upon your completion of all other priorities.

Nightly Reading

Reading before bed relaxes the mind and soul and stimulates your brain. Reading together as a family creates a strong bond that encourages community learning, imagination, self-discipline, and a feeling of accomplishment. Reading before bed can often help clear the mind of the stresses of everyday life and promotes healthy sleep cycles. Reading together as a family creates a strong bond within the household.

Before joining together for nightly reading sessions, everyone should get ready for bed: get into pajamas, brush your teeth, etc.a half hour before the established bedtime.

  • Reading will be done every night as a community; we will all read independently, together. On some occasions, perhaps once per week we will take turns reading from the same book. The Bible, Classic Fairy Tales, or any other genre that your family finds common interest in is a great suggestion.
  • Reading will begin at the same relative time every night in the family room. This creates the routine.
  • Comic books and anime books are not allowed for this reading, although you may choose to read these on your own time. Age appropriate novels and short stories are preferred.
  • We will read for at least 20 minutes every night.
  • Books must be for your reading level and age.
  • For an optional exercise, the following may be introduced regularly, or periodically: You will write your thoughts in a journal for a minimum of 10 minutes. Journal entries must be related to what you have read.

Top 5 Children's Books of All Time (by age group)

Book
Author
Age Group
"The Very Hugry Caterpillar"
Eric Carle
Infant-2 Years
"Dear Zoo"
Rod Campbell
 
"The Baby's Catalogue"
Janet and Allen Ahlberg
 
"Where's Spot?"
Eric Hill
 
"We're Going On A Bear Hunt"
Michael Rosen
 
 
 
 
"Goodnight Moon"
Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
2-4 Years
"The Elephant and the Bad Baby"
Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs
 
"The Snail and the Whale"
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
 
"My Friend Harry"
Kim Lewis
 
"Where The Wild Things Are"
Maurice Sendak
 
 
 
 
"The Sheep-Pig"
Dick King-Smith
5-7 Years
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Roald Dahl
 
"The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth"
Eoin Colfer
 
"The Adventures of Captain Underpants"
Dav Pilkey
 
"The Worst Witch"
Jill Murphy
 
 
 
 
"Stig Of The Dump"
Clive King
8-12 Years
"Charlotte's Web"
EB White
 
"The Family From One End Street"
Eve Garnet
 
"The Story of Tracy Beaker"
Jacqueline Wilson
 
"Matilda"
Roald Dahl
 
 
 
 
"I Capture The Castle"
Dodie Smith
12-Teen
"His Dark Materials"
Philip Pullman
 
"The Chaos Walking Trilogy"
Patrick Ness
 
"Are You There ,God? It's Me, Margaret"
Judy Blume
 
"Goodnight Mr. Tom"
Michelle Migorian
 

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      JS Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello peachpurple! All children learn differently. It is important to find your child's strengths and weaknesses and develop a method that works! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience!

      JSMatthew~

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      my kid is 6 years old. Every day he will finish his homework but he could only concentrate each homework around 20-30min. I had to give him a break in between so that he could continue the 2nd homework. Yes, he loves bedtime stories and computers 2-4 hours per day, after homework is done. Voted useful

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Trsmd! You make a great point! Thanks for commenting and SHARING!

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      Trsmd 5 years ago from India

      Yes JSMathew, I agree that whatever teacher teaches in the class, you have to learn and read the same in the class, which will make the child knowledgeable one. Thanks for sharing:)

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I agree brittanytodd! Reading is the foundation for education. I am glad you liked the suggested readings by age group! I appreciate your votes and comment! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Reading is so important! This is an excellent hub. I love your suggested readings; they are perfect for each age group. Voted up, etc.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @cebutouristspot: Reading is an excellent way to bond with our kids. It promotes imagination, learning, discipline and many other qualities. I am sure your son will thank you when he gets older for sharing this wonderful gift with him! Thanks for your comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @thumbi7: Libraries are great places to take small children. I remember being young and seeing all the books, it was like a castle made of paper! It's great to see that libraries are still strong even with today's technology. I appreciate all your comments! Thanks!

      JSMatthew~

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      I agree with what you have stated. Also it's a good way to bond with your son/daugther. I started reading to my son when he was 3. :)

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Children learn what they live. I started taking my children to a nearby libarary when they were three to four years old.

      This helped in developing a love towards reading and books.

      Apart from reading they learned to interact with librarian, to maintain silence while reading, to keep the book back in the same shelf, same place after reading etc.

      Even now we go library;the only difference is in their choice of books.

      Your hub is wonderful because it encourages reading

      Thanks for SHARING:)

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello fpherj48! When one is surrounded by books, one can't help but to pick up and read it! It sounds like you have created reading success in your children and they have continued on this legacy with their own kids! Reading is such a multi-sided activity: it can be personal or social and both, at the same time! Thank you for sharing your time-tested experience with us! I appreciate your comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      J.S. Matthew....Am impressed by your hub and in total agreement. As a lifelong voracious reader, I read to my sons from infancy & literally filled our home with books for all of us from ceiling to floor. As it happened, I felt my sons didn't share my love of reading, as they got into HS. Daily classes and homework apparently was enough for them. (also, Sports, sports and more sports)

      However, now as family men, I am happy to see that my habit actually DID take hold in wonderful ways. Not only do they read to their babies, daily, They themselves actually read for leisure and BTW, all married "readers!"

      LOL.....It matters and it really pays off in numerous ways. Great hub!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Tammy! You and your children are proof that this works! Yes, be sure to read the old fashioned bound books to the baby! Children are so insightful and we often don't realize how much they pay attention to what we say and do! Sometimes when they are teens it seems like they don't but I know they do because I hear my kids repeat things I say all the time! Thanks for sharing your experience! I always appreciate your comments!

      JSMatthew~

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is such a true and vital hub JS. I have 4 kids. My older children and I would always have quiet reading time. They are still all readers, but my oldest reads several books a month. My youngest is two. I have to make a concious effort to read something but internet pages with her. We make our time for reading. She wants to do everything that I do. :) Thanks for such a thoughtful hub!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I see we have that in common! Well, I am not a military wife, but my Dad was in Vietnam and he raised us with kind discipline. I could never live without order, and I would go crazy if I couldn't read!

      JSMatthew~

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I'm a military wife, teacher, and mom. Leading by example and structure is just a natural part of our lives, as is reading. :-)

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am a fan of structure myself, having grown up in a military house (my Dad-and he wasn't that bad!) Reading is so very important and our children do mimic what we say and do. Regular reading ourselves can show your kids how important it is on a sub-conscious level. Thanks for the votes and the share! I always appreciate your comments!

      JSMatthew~

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      JS, you are so right. Reading to your kids, with your kids, around your kids, etc. are the best ways to teach them to love reading. I love that you have set up guidelines/rules. I am big on the structure. :-) Votes and shared! :-)

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Rosie writes: Hello and thanks for stopping by! That is an awesome idea! Reading aloud to kids (teenagers is a plus!) can forge lasting memories and hopefully when they grow up they will read to their kids as well. It seems like your idea works! Thanks for your comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub! I wish all parents thought reading was as important as you do. One thing I do to get my teenagers started on a new novel is read the first chapter aloud to them. This always works to keep them returning to it on their own after that.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      That's awesome Brainy Bunny! Readers will take over the world lol! Reading is so very important and unless our kids see us doing it, they most likely won't be interested. Thanks for your comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Your house seems pretty much like mine! We are reading fanatics, and I do still try to read to both of my kids every night, even though my older one would do nothing but read all day if I let her!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Debbie! I have tons of books in my house. I always kept all my school books at the end of the year (I went to private school so we had to buy our own books). Someday, when I own my own house, my dream is to have an awesome library/study room just like you would see in a movie, with the moving ladders and all that. Reading is such a great way to pass the time and there are many things you can learn from reading. That's one of the best parts about HubPages-there is so much awesome material to read! It's funny that your girls are "over-reading" and that you have to control it so they get enough sleep. I don't have that problem with my kids lol. I appreciate your comment! Thanks for reading and sharing.

      JSMatthew~

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      It saddens me when I see a lack of books in peoples houses. There is nothing better than getting lost in a good book, what ever that book might be and it something our children mustn't miss out on doing.

      I can't imagine flicking through an ereader is quite the same either!!

      At the moment we are having to put boundaries on our daughters reading, we've always encouraged reading in bed before going to sleep, but we find her reading in the middle of the night when she should be sleeping. There is a happy medium for everything - reading included!!

      A hub that encourages reading, I like it and I will be sharing...

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello VendettaVixen! One thing I have noticed is that the dorks and nerds inherit the earth! Although we are made fun of in school, eventually those who made fun of us end up working for us! My parents always read and that inspired me. I remember when they read me bedtime stories! I feel bad for those who have never had this experience. We are the lucky ones! I am sorry to hear about your eyesight but it is so wonderful that your dad reads to you! When we are around our parents, we are always kids! You are lucky to have his support! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I appreciate your comments and votes, and here's to reading!

      JSMatthew~

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      VendettaVixen 5 years ago from Ireland

      This was a fantastic hub. Reading is my absolute favourite passtime.

      It doesn't happen me so much now, but when I was a small kid I can remember being called a "dork" and a "teacher's pet" for reading as much as I did. Instead of being hurt by this, I just felt sorry for the other kids, because they obviously didn't know how great it could be to become lost in a story.

      I developed such an interest in reading because my mum and dad always had a book in their hands. I'd always look forward to bedtime, because my dad would read me any of the books on my shelves, putting on funny voices for each character. Sometimes he'd make up new stories for me if he wasn't too tired.

      To a child, words printed on a page don't seem all that great, but if you have a parent who's willing to show you how to bring that world to life, then you can't help get sucked in.

      I'm visually impaired now, and I can't read - I only listen to audiobooks now-a-days, but sometimes my dad will read to me. I'm eighteen, but it's like being a kid again (minus the funny voices) and we just bond so much during that time.

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello JamesPoppell and thanks for voting up! I grew up reading and my kids do a bit although it is mostly online. But isn't that what we are doing here? Reading is reading and it is good for the brain! I am glad you can relate! Thanks for your comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      Voted up! I remember as a youngster I always wanted a book in my hands because I always wanted to do what my parents did, which was read. I began reading at such an early age because of their example. I noticed, while reading this hub, that my parents implemented much of what you wrote about. Thanks for sharing.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello again imkd! I am assuming that you do like reading because you are on HubPages! Thanks for stopping by and leaving another comment.

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      imkd 5 years ago

      great hub matthew. this insists me for reading but i don't like reading then...?

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      I brought up my girls to love & appreciate books & reading from very young ages which helped them at school in a big way & highly reccommend everyone does the same for their children.

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      Kyou Capps 5 years ago from In your computer, stealing your internet.

      Great hub and interesting ideas!

      I'm a nanny who takes care of a 10 year old. For school he has to read out loud 20 min everyday to an adult. I let him watch one short cartoon while eating a snack before homework though. But afterwards he must get his homework done before he's allowed to do anything else. This seems to work pretty well, with the exception of one thing. He reads the same handful of books over and over again! I can't convince him to read anything else! Do you have any ideas on how to encourage him to read other things?

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You make some very good points DJProfessorK. I find that I also read in spurts. When Dan Brown came out with his books I couldn't wait to read the next one and then went on hiatus. Thanks for the comment and read!

      JSMatthew~

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      Kyle Ilgenfritz 5 years ago from York, PA

      Reading at home is nice, but it certainly comes in "waves" of sorts. When they begin to read, it should be rather intensive, tapering off for a few years. It should be rekindled as the material gets harder and harder.

      I know that I've started to read a lot during College (my current book is John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage) but in high school there wasn't much of a purpose aside from skimming a textbook for notes.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Ardie! Your mom was right! With the wisdom of words, there is nothing a human can't accomplish! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Reading IS important :) My mom always told me "If you can read you can do anything." And she's right! If there's something I dont know how to do - I read the directions.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @dd greely: A family that reads is a family that learns and has a close relationship! Thanks for stopping by!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @My Footprints: I agree with your point! Thanks for stopping by!

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      dd greely 5 years ago from North Carolina

      It makes the quest for knowledge and understanding a habit! It also makes learning a family affair - a time for bonding and sharing the love of learning.

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      My Footprints 5 years ago from MY

      Reading together foster closeness, understanding and love within a family unit. It will increase the knowledge and encourage good reading habits. Boundaries need to be set.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello everyone! I appreciate all your comments and votes! Thank you all for stopping by!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very well said. A successful man might not be well read but a well read man is always successful. Reading literally opens up the doors of the mind and never hurt anyone.

      Curtailing the priviledges of a child is a better way to enforce discipline.

      voted up. nice hub.

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      chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

      Hi uncle Matt, I enjoy reading your hub. Very informal and I do believe that reading is to reach for success. It is very important to read. Thank you! I'm glad I choose to read this. :0)

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      Mamadrama 5 years ago from Upstate NY

      I agree with tattookitty.. as amom reading is so important. We always make time for reading at night!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Not to mention the joy of reading for adventure, discovery as well as information gathering. Great hub.

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Excellent topic and wonderful hub!! As an English teacher, I assign my students 20 minutes of reading per night (5 days a week). I stress the importance of reading different genres and encourage students to read anything they can get their hands on (newspaper, video game guides, shampoo bottles, etc.) Thanks for reinforcing the importance of reading through your hub!!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello drspaniel! Thanks for the insightful comment! I appreciate it!

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      drspaniel 5 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      Reading is very important as it is a great way to both become knowledgeable, and calm at the same time! Although more and more people are beginning to stop reading, meaning they are not further building their minds... This is especially important within children!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks raciniwa!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes, through additional reading we can expand our knowledge...great work...

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Deborah-Diane: Thank you for your comment!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @cheerfulnuts: I was the opposite; aside of having poor spelling, I excelled in English but was horrible in math! The best thing about reading books is that even if you "quit" for a few years, you can always just pick up a book and start reading! I appreciate you leaving a comment!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @moiragallaga: There is a thin line between rights and privileges. I appreciate your comment!

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      Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      You are absolutely right about the importance of reading at home. Without reading skills, it is almost impossible to succeed in school.

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      cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      These are some wonderful ideas, JSMatthew. My parents are not avid readers. I've rarely seen them curl up in a book, but they always encourage me to read. As a kid, I suck in English even if I got good grades in other subjects such as Math. As a result, my mom bought me some pocketbooks to help me improve my English. I developed some interest in reading, but I didn't improve right away. After some time, we stopped buying books. Our family were trying to make ends meet and we didn’t have the luxury of buying pocketbooks anymore. Other kids in my school had vast collection of books, while my sister and I had only a handful. We reread our old books during the summer break. My improvement was slow, but several years later, I didn’t suck in English anymore. Now that we’ve already graduated and have our own jobs, we buy books sometimes. I love reading, even if I’m not an avid reader. I always feel that I have some unfinished business. I wish that time would stop so I can read all the good books that I’ve missed. When I have my own kids, I’ll definitely encourage them to read, too, and I’ll take some ideas from this hub.:)

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I agree with you wholeheartedly on this J.S.Matthew, reading is a very valuable and useful habit to develop in our children. I also agree with your house rules, the emphasis on the primacy of responsibilities such as homework and the need to clarify between rights and privileges. Not a guarantee the child will see it that way at first, but it's important to be consistent all throughout.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I couldn't have said it better Little wonders! Thank you for adding to this Hub! I appreciate your comment.

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      Little wonders 5 years ago

      I really liked this hub as I believe that kids watch far too much TV these days. We need to encourage our kids to read more and engage less with computer screens. It will be far better for them in the long run as it stimulates their minds. Thanks for bringing this matter to light. Great stuff

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks Truckstop Sally! Those programs sound like great ideas. I remember playing RINGO in school! I appreciate your comment!

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      Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

      Enjoyed this hub. I am a reading teacher. Kuddos to you! In school we have DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) and RINGO (think BINGO with books). Anything to support reading! I also allow students to listen to books on tape. It is best if they follow along with the book.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello epatera! That's awesome that you have the no TV rule on school nights. I know that some will criticize that that's too harsh, but when their kids work for your kids, they'll know why! When children read, particularly at night-time before bed, it relieves the stress from schooling and life itself, and allows the child to sink into a (healthy) outside world and reality. It will also inspire them to grow in ideas as well as dreaming. Thanks for the insightful comment.

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      epatera 5 years ago from Nebraska

      You really hit a touchpoint here. We have a no TV on school night rule. There is so much garabage they watch, so we find better ways to spend our time. I agree reading before bed is a great routine to establish. I can feel my kids unwind as we read stories. It is great time to come together as a family!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @LearnFromMe: Agendas have been part of the local school curriculum for years where I live. It allows communication between teachers and parents, and forces students to be responsible for their assignments. Thank you for your comment!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Sam Dolloff: The Narnia books are great to read. My kids have read a couple of them and enjoyed them. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Vinaya: Obviously your father's inspiration has paid off! You are a great writer yourself. Just seeing a parent read makes a lot of difference in a child's attitude towards reading. Thanks for stopping by!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @seriousnuts: That's cool that you spent your allowance on books which lead you to your own appreciation without being "forced". I hope that when you do have children of your own, you pass down this wonderful gift! Thanks for leaving a comment!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @softhard: I am glad to have inspired you! Thanks for stopping by!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @missolive: Wow, what a great comment! You are so right that there is a lot more to reading than just Literature. Also, with all the abbreviations being used now because of Social Media and Electronic Gadgetry, it's a wonder what the future will hold. Top that off with Penmanship/Cursive writing being taken out of school curriculums, it will be interesting to see if the future can read the US Constitution! Thanks for the reading suggestion, I'll have to check that out. I appreciate your comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      LearnFromMe 5 years ago

      I like your rule about signing off in an agenda when homework is completed on a daily basis. This is our number one recommendation that we give to parents when students fail to complete homework: every night, preferrably the moment the homework is completed, parents check the homework over and then sign the school provided agenda that it was completed. We even add that as an extra measure, students will be responsible for filling in the agenda with the correct homework and the teachers will sign that it is accurate so that the parents know exactly what to look for. It really does work.

      I also appreciate wanting to read as a family every night. It's such a great way to learn from each other and bond without having to use technology.

      Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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      Sam Dolloff 5 years ago from Maine

      Awesome Ideas! I wish more family's would read together. My Mom used to read to my brother and I since we were very little. We read through several series as a family including the Narnia books and the Box Car Children series. So many memories, and it really instilled a love for reading in me. :)

      Great Hub!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      My father was a journalist and writer. I grew up around books. He never told me to read but he brought books home and tossed before me. Whenever he was home he always used to read. And I thought by reading books I'll be a great man like my father. I never thought reading as a hobby, I felt reading a compulsion.

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      seriousnuts 5 years ago from Philippines

      I am not a parent yet, but I agree with the points you have provided. Children need to be encouraged to read. Most children nowadays spend too much time in front of the TV and other gadgets. Reading is a good habit. My mom didn't require me to read on a regular basis when I was little, but she did encourage this hobby by buying me several books. Because of the colorful and beautifully designed books that she bought, I got attracted into reading them. Soon after, even without the attractive covers, I have learned the beauty in reading and would buy my own books with my own allowance.

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      softhard 5 years ago from Kathmandu

      I have already lost reading habit since i completed my formal education. Good and useful hub. it really inspired me to start reading books again.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Great article! I teach a course known as ELA-Extension in middle school. The students have a regular ELA class and then they have me. These kiddos are struggling readers and I'll hear "I HATE reading" innumerable times. It is a real challenge connecting them to any form of text, but I've persevered. How I wish parents would heed your advice. Reading is not just about LITERATURE - reading comprehension involves informative pieces, reports as well as any other topics of interest. Imagery alone is well worth the escape. Well, I could go on and on. By the way, The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma is a great inspiration for promoting reading. A true story worth researching and reading about.

      Happy Hubbing and Happy Reading!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      wisdom press I think you're right; in the end, they'll thank me! Thanks for your insight!

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      wisdom press 5 years ago

      You're establishing reliable traditions and memories for your children. Ultimately, and in spite of the usual growing pains, they will remember and appreciate your efforts. Good job!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Brinafr3sh: I appreciate your comment and am now following you! Thanks for stopping by!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @freecampingaussie: The suggestion of letting the kids let out some energy after school before homework is a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @AlienWednesday: I have to say that I wrote this a few years ago. It was hard to motivate them at first but now between what they have to read for school and what they are personally interested in, they tend to read somewhat regularly without needing motivation. This was a good foundation when I came into their lives (I'm a step) and they weren't used to reading. I am glad it worked though! They even read when they are online! I agree that every house and every child is different too. Thanks for the great comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      I always encouraged my children to read as I grew up reading & loving books.

      As far as homework goes -- As they had been at school all day I would take them swimming or play for a while before worrying about homework . They would get it done tho.

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      AlienWednesday 5 years ago

      Great hub. I am a homeschooler so reading is a huge part of our day for school. That being said I do a lot of just relaxed reading and the kids do follow along. I must say I don't have strict rules about reading unless it is for school work. But like you said, different house, different rules. Each child is different. Reading is so important. Definitely my escapism when times are rough.

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      Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi,

      I admire this hub, great read. Reading in my home started with watching Sesame Street (PBS Kids), Hooked on Phonics, Dr. Seuss Books, etc. This is one subject/event that begins at home. Beautiful, thanks.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      As hard as it is to admit, J.A. Brown, I think your article on the same topic was a bit more informative! I am glad that you got some new ideas. Thanks for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      J.A. Brown 6 years ago from Costa Rica (for the moment)

      Very good tips, I learned a few things I may try at home! Thanks for the good info, JSMatthew!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks for stopping by, goprisca! I will check out your Hubs right now!

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      goprisca 6 years ago from Bangalore

      Very informative hub, expecting your comments on my hub

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you jessicab! Reading is so important in a child's development. It is probably the best learning tool a child can use.

      JSMatthew~

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      jessicab 6 years ago from Alabama

      Very interesting article, I think reading helps with your vocabulary, and it also help strenghten your knowledge.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Paul Kuehn thanks for commenting. Reading is so important. I am glad that there are people like you who teach! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 6 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is a great hub and your rules at home for doing homework, using the computer, and reading are great. I am teaching reading and writing to EFL 5th and 6th graders this year. One thing I want to stress with them is the importance of reading outside of the classroom.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Tanks for stopping bye and commenting, PK2010. I have to confess that my children do like to read but they prefer Anime books. I would love to get them into classic reading! Sometimes they just humor me because they know that I live to read. Maybe someday I won't have to worry!

      JSMatthew~

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      Anthea Kwaw 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I grew up in a home where everyone loved to read, hence I have always loved books. My oldest is in secondary school and does not like to read which really bothers me. He sulks and behaves as if he is being punished when I ask him to read. I have thought of enforcing reading whether he likes it or not because I strongly believe it develops the intellect and broadens ones mental horizon. Thanks for sharing this hub. Great views you have shared and tips to take on board. Voted up for me too :-)

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Awesome gr82bme!

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      Great hub! I read to all my kids and they did real well in school. Will rate

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      JS Matthew 7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Well, Patrick, I have to agree with you on the point you made about different houses-different rules.

      This Hub stands to reflect my own upbringing along side of information I have gathered over the course of my life.

      As I re-read my hub, I will agree that I come across as a bit stern. You must realize that although the writing is very strict, the presentation to children must be done in a loving way. Also, we must explain to the child why there are rules and what the consequences for breaking such rules are.

      Love is the basic ingredient, along with consistent parenting to have successful children.

      Furthermore, something that we didn't really touch upon, religion can also be a way to make or break a child in rearing.

      On another note, I do think that input from children is necessary, we have to acknowledge that adults are responsible for keeping their children safe. For instance, and not all children would act this way, you allow them total freedom, to go where they want and to do what they want, there is always room for bad decisions.

      Many teens who have been involved in gang activity often cite that it is the absence of a father and a mother who works too much to support their well being, that drives them into gangs. There are many other social reasons for joining a gang; lack of education and job availability for starts.

      My main point is this: we live in a country, free as it may be, but none the less, there are laws and rules to follow. If parents don't intervene early, children will seek outside sources for direction.

      In short, I feel that children need positive role models, a set of basic rules regarding safety, health, etc. If they don't, then we run the risk of allowing media and strangers to rear our children.

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      Patrick 7 years ago

      I've lived at and alongside different types of families. All I really have to say on it is: different house, different rules.

      When I was growing up, if I had been raised with no other rules than fairness, I'd have been a-okay. Unfortunately, the demands to follow rules rather than discussing an agreed upon course of action caused a great deal of hostility.