Grown-ups are really good at solving problems: we get a lot of practice! Just getting children out of the house in the morning – on time and with all the right equipment – is an epic feat of problem-solving ingenuity. I solved more problems before breakfast than I can count (many of them created by late night cereal-munching teenagers…).
Often, parents solve problems so fast we don’t realise there is a process involved: experience seems to lead us straight to the solution. In fact, all problems are solved with pretty much the same steps:
- We define the problem
- We come up with different solutions
- We evaluate those options
- We decide on the best solution
- We do it
- We look back and decide whether or not we chose the right solution (and adjust for next time if necessary)
Getting boys to read isn’t always easy. Reading has to compete with far more enticing and sociable activities such as computer games and football where the pay-offs are much quicker. Not all boys will sit still long enough to get hooked by a book. If they are reluctant readers or find themselves falling behind, then being forced to read dull babyish books can make the situation worse. A boring book is never going to inspire him with a love of reading.
So if you want to set your son’s imagination on fire, here’s my personal list of the best books to make boys love reading (8 years and upwards) – reluctant readers or otherwise. Each one of them made a real contribution to my own boys’ progress and enjoyment of reading – I hope they do the same for yours! Continue reading