I’m just getting back from a really great week in Tahiti, immediately followed by Luke’s Regional surf contest in Honolulu. Crazy…busy…times. I will try to get back here with some fun take-aways from our trip soon. Meanwhile, I’m stopping in to touch bases on a final chapter that I’m working on for my Boy Mom Book.
This is a chapter about raising sons who love to learn and who discover passions and interests. We’ll talk about inspiring our sons in their education, and raising them to be self-directed students. We’ll cover motivations for learning, and a little about schooling options (public, private, and homeschooling.) Needless to say: A big topic.
The chapter will also touch on raising a son who discovers their personal interests. From sports, to music, to art and more — parents all want to raise a son who balances a good education with passions that keep him motivated and inspired. (and might even earn him a college scholarship!) I love this topic, and I think you will too!
So with that, I’m now asking for YOUR INPUT:
Would you share your concerns, challenges, experiences (positive or negative) and any other thoughts that relate to your child’s education? Do you have a child who struggles in school or lacks motivation? Maybe you have a success story to share? Thoughts or questions on homeschooling? How about interests and passions: Has your son been challenged to find something that he is excited about? Or does he have too many extra-curricular activities going on? Where could you use a little support or encouragement in this area?
And now for….
A tip, a link, and a giveaway!
Because I promised to try to share at least one helpful nugget in these posts, today I want to encourage you in the area of helping your children develop a love of reading. Specifically, I want to encourage you in the area of reading aloud to your kids!
(or in some cases^^, having an older sibling read aloud to your kids! :))
Did you know that reading aloud has been shown to help kids develop greater communication skills, earn higher grades, and even perform better on standardized tests? Seriously! Though I have never considered myself a great read-aloud mom, my boys have told me that some of their fondest memories of their early years were when we read together. (yay!) Kids who have been read aloud to are also known to be much more likely to grow up to love reading!
A resource I highly recommend is the Read-aloud revival website, by Sarah Mackenzie. Sarah has inspired me to read to my kids more consistently, even if it is just 10 minutes a day. Sarah shares great book lists and encouraging articles. She also has a popular podcast where she shares fascinating interviews with popular authors!
AND….Sarah recently published an inspiring book called the Read-Aloud Family. It is such an encouraging read. I know you’ll find it helpful, practical, and inspiring!!
Here’s the Amazon link: The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
I want to send ONE OF YOU a copy of The Read-Aloud Family book!
Anyone who comments below will be entered to win a copy! Share your thoughts, questions or requested topics related to kids and learning, and finding interests and passions!
CONTEST CLOSED… Rachel is the winner! Congrats to you, Rachel, and thank you ALL for the wonderful and insightful comments!
I’ll pick a winner next Wednesday, (March 28th) and post the winner’s name back here on this post! (I will also email winner, so be sure to leave your best email address with comment.) AND If you’ve already ordered the book, I’ll just send you an Amazon Gift card, so don’t wait to order!
Thank you so much for your support and input on this topic!
With much aloha,