bettyboo asks:

How do you get a 6 year old  to like writing and reading? He won't write or read. When I try and sit with him to do it, he just keeps crying or gets in a mood.

In Topics: Helping my child with reading, Helping my child with writing, Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago



Boys Town National Hotline
Dec 21, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Try to not pressure your son to like reading and writing. Instead, model your own love of reading and writing by making sure that he is seeing you read and write. Have a time each day when the TV and the computer are turned off. Leave paper, simple activity books, markers and pencils on hand. Set aside a certain time of day such as before bed, to read to your son.

As long as he is showing progress in school with reading and writing, you don't need to worry about it too much. Stay in touch with his teacher. If he shows the same resistant behaviors at school, you may want to have his eyes tested. Young boys in general don't do well with sitting for long periods and an experienced teacher will understand that.  If you are homeschooling your son, then you may need to develop different strategies for teaching him.

If you would like to talk to a counselor about this or any other parenting issue, please call or e-mail our Hotline. We also have a website for parents which is listed below. We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Take care and best wishes to you and your family!

Cynthia, Counselor
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