Prescott Publishing author Jennifer Flanders on how to raise avid readers in media-saturated society: “I don’t know about the kids at your house, but we have a couple of children who would spend 24 hours a day in front of a computer screen if we’d let them. We’ve tried restrictions (no computer time until homework’s done), rationing (only 15 minutes per day), and relegating it to non-primetime hours (weekends only, after family time).
These measures helped, but only to a point. The kids cooperated, but still spent an inordinate amount of time begging, pleading, or just waiting until they could get back online again.
Not exactly the productive use of time we were hoping for.
But now their attitudes have changed, and the transformation has been nothing short of amazing. It all started when we started linking computer privileges to reading time….” [read more]