Raising a boy to love books

Laura of 11D is trying to raise her seven-year-old son to be a book lover. She asks commenters to critique her strategy and they do.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    I left a comment there. I hope she takes some of these suggestions. I worry that this is what my son will be up against when he attends school – women who try to force him to be just like they were as children.

  2. Indigo Warrior says:

    Let the boy read what he wants to read, even if you may think it’s bad. What turns so many children off reading is being forced to read stuff they find boring or moralistic – or not matched to their intelligence level or personality.

  3. I think my advice fell on deaf ears. Many of the commenters were horrified to think boys are different from girls. Laura’s probably a great person, but she really believes that textbooks help you with raising a kid.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Unfortunately, I think you’re exactly right KateC. It looks like what Laura was asking for was suggestions on *ways* to make over her child in her image. Not so much feedback on whether or not that was appropriate.

    What killed me (as the mother of both sexes) were all the commenters who said they had read about gender differences and were proud to announce there were no such thing. Yah? Have a couple of kids and then get back to me.

  5. Indigo Warrior says:

    It looks like what Laura was asking for was suggestions on *ways* to make over her child in her image.

    In other words, she said she wanted her child to read, but she really wanted her child to read all the stuff that she liked, or thought proper.

    Parents: Let your kids read “trash”, or else they might read nothing at all.