Looking back at my childhood, I still shudder at the thought of how my mother made me read “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes“ on summer vacation. While my friends were swimming, running, and enjoying the sunlight I was trying to finish the long and boring chapter, the meaning of which I didn’t even understand. She was keen on classic literature, so she fed it to me relentlessly. And there I was, a ten-year-old girl who wanted to play, have fun, and chat with friends. As a consequence, I was turned away from reading for a long time.
Think it was the wrong book? I’m not sure. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and “Harry Potter“ didn’t impress me as well. To tell you the truth, I believed reading was an instrument of coercion, pressure, and manipulation. “Do you want a new doll? I’ll buy it, if you read a book” mom used to tell me. Well, I hated reading with all my heart!
My parents always emphasized the importance of reading. “If you don’t read, you’ll become an ignorant loser without a career and a family. Everyone likes books, but you don’t!” they told me. I really felt like a black sheep! It seemed like everyone enjoys reading, but not me. The family book cult badly affected my psychological state and caused insecurity.
Trust me, I’m not the only child who suffered from reading. The story of my friend is even more shocking! Her regular punishment was reading. The “torture” tool was “Alice in Wonderland.” She was forced to read about the journey of a little girl through the psychedelic and absurd world. What’s more, the book was written by a mathematician and is full of arithmetic, linguistic, and philosophical puzzles! This is definitely not a proper book for children.
Today, I myself am a mom of two wonderful kids and understand the special importance of reading. After all, it’s a great tool for the development of imagination, memory, and creative abilities. My seven-year-old daughter reads willingly about wizards and unicorns, but a nine-year-old son is indifferent to any literature. A lad, what can I say.
I don’t want to be like my parents, so I don’t force children to read. My task is to try to inspire them. Modern technologies help me a lot! The Nicola app is a godsend! It is designed to develop an essential habit of reading. Sounds good, right?
How it works
Nicola helps children to focus on the reading process and motivates them with the help of gameplay. In fact, the application has two key features: education and entertainment. Your kid can’t play or watch cartoons until they complete their daily reading assignment.
Just create a schedule for playing and reading. The app will do the rest! For the record, it’s impossible to deceive Nicola! The system tracks eye movement and can determine whether the child is reading or not.
I’ve already noticed the positive effect: my son has become more interested in literature! He is happy to share and discuss the stories he has read. Moreover, school performance has improved noticeably! And he adores the cute dino from the app!
What I’m getting at here…Never force your child! Reading in particular. Otherwise, your kid will turn into a traumatized grown-up. Just try to show that reading can be fun and exciting!