What to do when your child doesn’t want you to read aloud: Advice from Madame Esmé

1. Go to bed a little earlier. Too cranky and tired for stories at the current bedtime? Go to bed 15 minutes earlier and read then.

2. Go to bed a little later. Good for older children. They get to go to bed a bit later if you get to read to them during that extra time. Chapter books work well.

3. Change the schedule. You don’t have to read at bedtime. Choose another time of day. Just remember to stick to that time as much as possible.

4. Turn the electronics off. Playing with shiny gadgets more than you’re reading aloud? Change that.

5. Let someone else read aloud. Call in grandparents, aunties, uncles, and older siblings to help read.

6. Keep a list of everything you’ve read. Hang the list where everyone can see it. Indicate repeats (see? I did read Five Little Monkeys 96 times last week!).

7. Let your children choose. Anything. Anything. If you were happily reading James Joyce to them in the months before they were born, I think it’s only fair to let them choose post-birth.

These tips and gallons more are from Esmé Raji Codell’s How to Get Your Child to Love Reading. You have a copy of this and you have a permanent comfy chair over at Planet Esme, yes?

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