Most parents crib about the reading habits of their children. They are worried that their children spend all their free time on watching TV,surfing the net or playing video games. They would like their children to do some reading, but the children just would not listen.
Who is responsible for this state of affairs? Did we introduce our children to the pleasure of reading from the very beginning? We provided them easy access to TV, internet and video games. Whatever reading they did was for securing good grades in schools. This was reading out of compulsion and not out of choice. We were happy if they devoted all their time to this type of reading and did not bother if the rest of the time was spent on the activities to which they gradually got addicted. We never provided them general books that would encourage them to read during their spare time.
We also did not set an example to children. We ourselves hardly did any reading. All our spare time was consumed by TV viewing and internet surfing. We forgot that our children were watching and emulating us.
Maybe, it is not too late. The situation may be changed if we start reading some really entertaining books. Maybe, children will see the books lying around day after day and someday, they will pick up one of the books. That moment may be the turning point of their life.