It seems like- we've hit a brick wall lately.
My oldest son use to comply with whatever book I pulled out for our book clubs. (The book club itself was motivation enough.)
Now he is being more selective. My little "incentives" aren't enough motivation to help him plow through a book. He wants to read literature that compels him.
Don't we all?
Maybe your Reluctant Reader has a similar hang up on reading.
The solution can be found with a little research.
What does your child like to do? What are their hobbies?
(Besides video games and TV.)
If those are his two top hobbies- it's time for a little intervention.
Don't get me wrong- our family gets in this rut.
Sometimes TV is a nice get-away.
When life is crazy and busy - it's nice to just sit down with the family with some brain numbing entertainment -
laugh and pass popcorn and not have to be the "Activities Director" running around making sure everyone is on task,
and engaged in something worthwhile
Believe me- I get it.
But if this rut- is your normal lifestyle why not change things up?
Challenge your family to go without TV and video games for a week.
(Be sure for your sanity and their enjoyment you have other activities available.
Some suggestions are:
books & kid magazines,
musical instrument they can learn,
a list of outside activities they can do,
scout program to work on,
crayons & markers & paper
After a week- what activities did your kids enjoy?
Did they pull out their old Dinosaurs?
Did they prefer the Lego's and invent things?
Did they go outside and play?
(WARNING: SHARE your goal with your neighbors so your kids don't just run next door and plunk in front of their TV.)
Once you know their interests- you have a great place to start.