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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Get Your Kids To Purchase TV Time By Reading


You are probably noticing that your kids who were in school, are now around a lot more. They may even be getting on your nerves. You may even be wishing to do this:


However, there are some other things you can get your kids to do during the summer holidays, one that they may be doing very little of. Reading.

The benefits of reading are endless. Being successful at school to being independent in assignments and tasks.

Reading has been loosing ground to media. You can watch an entire book in 90-120 minutes, instead of spending 90-120 days reading one. Video games are much more enticing, and so is the internet. There are a lot more distractions that are easier to chew up time. So, as a parent you can encourage your children to read.

If your child wants to watch a two hour movie, and play video games for another two; have them read for four hours. One hour of reading to one hour of TV time or computer time. Or 30 minutes of reading for every hour. Find a system that works best for you and your family.

Another way to motivate them to read so that they can watch TV, is to get them books that they like to read, or that you think they will like to read. If they have read one part in a series of books and really liked it! Get them the other books.

Doing this may help decrease the amount of time spent in front of the TV and computer, or it may not. But, if enforced, it will increase the amount of time your child spends reading books.

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