Fifteen Year Old Boy Reads Playboy. What!May 30, 2001 Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in BooksThe Bottom Line Let them read what they are interested in, even comic books teach them new words. You learn something everytime you pick up a book.
I can hear you already saying, "she lets her son read Playboy, what a horrible mother." Hold Your horses and let me explain.
I have five children all grown now, but when they were little more then anything in the world I wanted them to share the love I had for books. Reading has always been one of my greatest pleasures, I learned to read before I started school. I went to the library from the time I was five and picked my books and read them with glee. I was reading Perry Mason and the author Grace Livingston Hill by the time I was ten. My choices in reading material have changed or flip flopped over the years with a passion for mysteries one year romances the next. One thing has never changed and that is my belief that you learn something new from every book you read.
All of my children read well and most of them love to read which pleases me greatly. When I met and married my husband ten years ago he had a fifteen year old son who was failing school had many emotional problems and could not read on an eight grade level.
My husband was always harping and nagging him to read. One day I decided to make a deal with my new stepson if he would try and read 2 pages of any book or magazine of his choice I would buy it for him. I believe then and now, that you have to want to read. If you get material you are interested in be it a comic book or Peter Pan you will have more success reading.
Well his choice was Playboy. Did I buy the magazine? Yes I did. My husband had a fit and I explained to him why I bought it. Most boys of fifteen have already sneaked Playboy and looked at the pictures and giggled with their friends. He would not be seeing anything that he hadn't looked at before.
My stepson chose Playboy because he did not think I would buy it for him and he thought that we would get off his back. When I entered the door with the Playboy magazine in my hands, his mouth opened wide, and the look on his face was unbelievable. I handed him the magazine and told him two pages a night was his promise and my husband or I would read the pages he read and discuss them with him. This was the only way to make sure he was reading and not just looking at the pictures.
His reading was so poor that he would come out of his room 6 or 7 different times to ask someone what this word was. We ended up giving him the dictionary after a few days because he was reading more then a couple of pages. The discussions we had were numerous and varied but he read.
I am not suggesting that you go buy your son Playboy magazine to read. Think about this, in order for a child to want to read they have to read about things they have an interest in, if it is bugs then buy a bug book.
My nine year old grandson has a problem with reading and failed school this year. He is in second grade again. He has dyslexia. He likes to read with me, I read a page and he reads a page but in order for him to do this I had to go buy Arthur a book about the cartoon character. It took us 1 month for him to get finished with the book, by reading one page for him I caught his interest and he wanted to know what happened next so he read the next page. It was very hard for him to do. I will buy comic books or what ever as long as I can hold his interest and he tries despite his learning disability.
Ways to get your child interested in books.
One of the obvious ways is to let your child see you reading.
Always have a variety of books on hand for them to choose from.
Set aside a half hour or hour with no television or games or tell them they can sit up and read in bed for an extra fifteen minutes at night.
Read to them and make the stories interesting.
Let them go to the library often and take them with you to the book stores.
Don't pressure your child to read if he doesn't want to this does more harm then good, I am not talking about what they have to read at school.
When you go to the bookstore sit down somewhere and point them to the right section, let them go by their self I am not talking about toddlers. Five and six year old children are big enough if you watch them to pick out their own books. Seeing other children there reading and picking out books lets them know that it is not dorky to read.
These are just a few suggestions there are probably many many more. Just remember one point if they are interested in the subject they are more apt to read.
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