How To Encourage Your Teenager To Read More

So, your teenager’s idea of reading is scrolling through Instagram? Many parents are scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to get their teens to swap their phones for a paperback. But don’t give up hope—it’s not all doom and gloom. Here are a few tips to help you out. 

Understand Their Interests

Start by understanding what interests your teenager. Do they enjoy science fiction, fantasy, or are they fascinated by history or real-life stories? Knowing their preferences can help you recommend books that align with their interests and hobbies.

Respect Their Reading Choices

Avoid criticizing their reading choices, even if it’s not what you would prefer. The goal is to foster a love for reading, not to dictate their preferences, so stay open.

Lead by Example

Teens are highly influenced by their environment. If they see you reading, they’re more likely to pick up the habit themselves. Make reading a family activity. Discuss books over dinner or plan trips to the local library together.

Introduce Them to Book Clubs

Finally, social reading can be highly motivating. Encourage your teenager to join a book club where they can discuss books with peers. Many schools and libraries have book clubs specifically for teenagers.