3 Tips to Help Encourage Parents with Reading at Home

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Guest Post by The Teacher (my husband!)
During this current generation of education in America it appears that parents are less involved
with the educational process and unsure as to what to do to help their child be successful in school.
You can search for the reasons as to why this is: lazy parents, parents who let technology babysit their
children, or parents who are busy working in a rough economy. The reason as to why students enter
school less and less prepared isn’t the big answer now, but we should focus on how to help parents
better prepare students for school.
Tip 1 – It must matter to the parent.
The parent must make it a point to have the child realize that no matter how busy, or how much time
is spent with them; READING or school in general is important and will be paid attention to homework,
reading daily, and getting a good night’s sleep.
Tip 2 – The parent must lead by example.
Be able to ask tough questions to your parents: when is the last time the child saw you reading for fun?
When is the last time you read with your child? What needs to be addressed here is that parents of
students who are extremely successful in school have their students become successful on purpose. It
is no accident that these students of active parents statistically are far more successful. It doesn’t take 3
hours a day at home to increase reading; statistics show that if every child would read 15 minutes daily
with their parents they will have a 45% higher chance of being more successful than the average student
in school.
Tip 3 – Get out and go.

Go to the library, go to the park to read, have a reading night! If you don’t make a time to do, it won’t
be important to your children. Our children need to know we will pause life to go out and spend time
reading or go to the library. Encourage parents to check out the movie and the book to compare and

Will all these tips in mind, make the effort to help encourage parents in any way possible. Most
parents want the best for their child, but in today’s society, many don’t know what or how to do this. Be
positive when you address these tips and make sure that you relate to the parents. I know I can’t
remember the last time my child saw me read for me, etc. The parents want genuine conversations, not
professional jargon.

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