importance of reading

Book ‘Em, Dad-O

Dear Mr. Dad: My 10-year-old son is quite smart and perfectly capable of reading, but it’s always been a challenge for him. And unfortunately, his teachers aren’t doing very much to help the situation other than send home notes and report cards saying that he’s reading below his grade level. My wife and I both read a lot and we’ve tried encouraging him in all sorts of ways, but nothing seems to work. How can we help our son become a better—and more frequent—reader?

A: It’s sometimes hard for those of us who love books to understand that reading doesn’t come naturally or easily to everyone. But the fact is that a lot of children—even smart ones who have plenty of good role models around—struggle with reading. However, because so many factors (including learning disabilities, not being ready, or a simple lack of interest) can cause reading problems, overcoming them can sometimes be a frustrating process for everyone. That said, here are a few things you can do to help.

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Armin Brott

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Armin Brott is the proud father of three, a former U.S. Marine, a best-selling author, radio host, speaker, and one of the country’s leading experts on fatherhood. He writes frequently about fatherhood, families, and men's health. Read more about Armin or visit his website, You can also connect via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,  and Linkedin.

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