I don't know what I did wrong. I thought I did everything right. I started reading to her when she was about 6 weeks old-long before she could possibly understand what I was saying to her. I read to her every night. I took her to storytimes. First in Arizona when she wasn't even big enough to crawl around and later to the toddler and then preschooler story times at the local library. I have purchased over a hundred books for her. First those sturdy little board books, later those expensive picture books and most recently chapter books. I thought I did everything right.
How is it then, that my kid is not a reader?
Lila does not like to read. Up until a few months ago we did story time every night at bed time and I thought she would carry on that habit when she became old enough to read on her own. But she hasn't. She has traded in those last 20 or so minutes before it's lights out time for an extra 20 minutes of TV time. Most nights it's not even something she wants to watch. I will have Seinfeld on and that's perfectly ok with her.
How could this have happened? I worked at the freakin' library for 4 years of her life for Christ's sake! She always sees me with a book in my hand and I often read while she does her homework or plays after dinner. And yet those fill in lists the teacher sends home to chronicle the books she reads remain empty and sitting there piling up on her night stand.
Last night I told her we were going to start a new nightly tradition. I thought that if I made it sound special that she might be on board. I told her that 15 minutes before bed time we were going to turn the TV off and we were each going to get a book and read together on the couch instead of watching TV. She reacted as if I told her that I was going to strip her naked and pelt her with a bb gun. She actually cried about it.
How could this daughter of mine hate reading so much that it causes her to cry about spending just 15 minutes a day reading? And remember, I only have her half of the week so it's not like it's even 15 minutes EVERY day!
I worry that this is a first of many. Up until now, she has happily and naively wanted to be just like me. She wants to carry a purse because I carry a purse. She wants to put on makeup with me because I am doing it. She wants her hair to grow longer because I have let my hair grow out. But here begins that divergence from her happy little parallel road. Now she doesn't love reading just because I have made it clear that books are one of my favorite things. I am still a little in shock.
I mean, I did everything right! We make monthly trips to the bookstore and she always pick something out but those books never seem to be read. They are piling up on her bookshelf and collecting dust.
I dread the painful season of summer reading when she has to read like 6 books over a few months. How am I going to force her to sit quietly and push through titles she doesn't like when she won't even spend 15 minutes a day reading a book she picked out?
Anyone else have a kid who hates to read?