How many times have you said, "My child's not a reader."
If you've said it, he's heard it.
The way we define our children goes a long way towards making them that way. So if we tell people our child's not interested in reading, he'll live up to that expectation.
Fortunately, when we speak positively about our child's reading, he'll internalize that message, too.
So instead of, "My daughter's not a reader," how about, "My son loves those Magic Treehouse books." Or, "Last week, Martina read Amelia Bedelia at school." Or, "I love it when I see Sam reading."
Let those "big ears" of your child hear that you think he's a reader - and that's what he'll become.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!