My daughter- My mirror reflection
Every writer is a reader first. When we read we learn to create great stories from it. And it is equally important to maintain the practice of reading while you are busy writing. I used to read so much during my school and college years. I used to squeeze out with my book any hour of the day and my mom used to scold me ” arre pehle nahana dona to karlo” (at least finish bathing and all first). Ahh….those were the carefree days. And now I see myself doing the same with my daughter. Because she is the mirror reflection of me. And I am becoming the mirror reflection of my mother.
It is a blessing to raise a child who loves to read; a child with similar habits. When my daughter started loving books I felt so proud. I smiled to myself when she said that the fragrance of a fresh book is simply mesmerising. I could see my younger self in her. It becomes easier to gift such kids as you know their preferences.
Tips for raising a child who loves to read
- Initially, buy them books of different genres and let them decide which one do they like the most.
- Listen to what they have to say about the book, they feel connected and encouraged.
- Read them stories before sleep. They feel good and have a sound sleep.
- Buy them books when they do something appreciable.
- Browse different kinds of books that give them knowledge of our culture too. Devdutt Patnaik is the best example.
- Always encourage them to read books whenever free or feeling bored.
- Tell them to re-read an old book to create the magic again.
- Teach them to donate their old novels and other educational books to a library and help others read.
There are endless ways to enjoy reading a book and cherish those moments. It is just that we have to share it with all to make it grow.