In our house we have the full spectrum of readers, constantly to rarely-if ever. With the girls being on one end and the boys on the other, we were in need of a change. Solution? A book club for guys!
The idea came from a friend who suggested a book her son and husband had read together and loved. She said her husband totally got into it. I immediately thought, “Yes! That just might work at the Stone home too!” I hadn’t thought to encourage my son to pick a book his father would also enjoy, much less let the guys choose a book they could read together.
Both my husband, Rick, and I have always read with our children but rarely did I get books that I thought my husband would actually like to read for pleasure. Rick is a self-proclaimed “non-reader”. He reads books every once and awhile and a magazine here and there, but he never developed a love of reading. After a conversation between the two of us, Rick realized his lack of enthusiasm for reading was maybe rubbing off on our son.
To help my men, I found a book that I thought would not only spark my son’s interest but also my husband’s. It worked! It was fun to see them both getting excited about the story and dissect the plot and characters. When it came time to do a book project, for school Rick was excited to see what our son would put together. He has really liked the time the two of them spend reading and talking about books.
Family book clubs are a great way to read and learn from each other.
Here are some ideas for you and your family.
• Match up a strong reader with a child who needs a bit more practice.
• Find two members of your family that share a passion – like hunting, cooking, travel, or sports. Find a book centered on that subject that they can read together.
• Pick a book to read over a long car trip.
• Choose a book on tape for the family to listen to together.
Be creative and help each other to try different books. Happy reading, happy learning, happy life!
Let the wise listen and add to their learning…
By Megan Stone, M.Ed.
Wife to Rick
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.