Finding the Key

One of the big challenges of raising children is getting them to read. Reading is very hard when you're learning to do it, and the only thing that will make it easy is practice. Why would a kid want to practice something that's difficult and boring? Sure, we adults know they will love it when they master the skill, but they don't know that. The secret is to find some reading material your particular child can't put down. One father told me he'd let his son read porn if it would get him to read at all. I had to find something different for each of three girls, but they all eventually turned to reading for pleasure, which is the key to mastering the skill. For Moishe (and for many kids), comic books are the key. That lesson comes in the latest comic from Lunarbaboon.      


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When I was 4, my mother would sit me down, right next to her in her armchair, and read me the latest "Beano" comic magazine, from Britain. She was very patient, and answered all my questions, and read the whole thing, over two or three sessions. I loved it, and by the time I was 5, I was reading along with her, and eventually myself alone. Sixty-five years later, I still thank my mother.
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