Instil the love of books in children – the #1 thing to do
I feel like with everything that has happened lately, especially with launching the BESPOKE BOOKS this Friday, I haven’t talked much about ways to instil the love of books in children.
And this is something I am super passionate about!
I have recently begun to read a mindblowing book about habits. If you haven’t read “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, you should definitely check it out. What does this have to do with books and children?
Well, Clear has this chapter where he talks about making good habits attractive, and the bad ones less appealing. So, let’s say you want to help your children read more and spend less time on smartphones or tablets, by analogy, you would have to make the new habit attractive. And the old one less attractive.
But how do you do that?
How do you beat technology when it seems to have all the advantages?
Well, I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but it will not be hard either. Because what I have discovered, by applying Clear’s strategies myself with practicing gratitude, is that it all starts in the bedroom.
No, really, it all starts in the bedroom. Go on, laugh, I’m glad I made you smile (because you and I know that’s where our kids “happened” too), but I came to this conclusion: that is the first space you make contact to when you wake up and it is the last one you see before falling asleep.
So it kind of makes sense, right?
If you see it like this, suddenly it doesn’t seem so impossible to instil the love of books in children, doesn’t it?
I am saying this because, believe it or not, environment has more to do with building new habits than motivation, for example.
“Every habit is initiated by a cue, and we are more likely to notice cues that stand out.” James Clear
Like that chocolate bar winking at you at checkout – that’s not sitting there by accident. No, no. Products that stand out are more likely to be purchased.
So what I would suggest, if you want to instil the love of books in children, is you start small, by simply adjusting their environment. Make books attractive. Make reading irresistible. They won’t become bookworms overnight, obviously, and that’s not even the point.
What you could do is to simply “forget” a book on the nightstand or between the things they usually reach out to, like their wardrobe or the plug they use to charge their tablet.
Do this for a couple of weeks. At the same time, browse a couple of pages of your favourite book while they play or get ready for bed. The power of example works miracles.
Then move to the next level and set up a little library of their own, near the bed. Let them choose the covers they’re most attracted to. Place a book here and there, like little “traps” they will eventually fall into.
Needless to say, the opposite works with technology. Try to place your smartphone or tablet in places that are harder to reach. Not on the table, before lunch or on their nightstand. That will only fuel their need of using it.
So you see, it’s not much of a science if you want to instil the love of books in children. It has more to do with re-wiring their brains, and doing it in an easy, step-by-step process, that’s actually unnoticeable.
Until next time,