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A Word from Pat Scales

October – National Communicate with Your Kid Month

October 01, 2012

The busy world in which we live makes it difficult for families to share a meal together, or engage in weekend chats.  But kids need to know that adults, especially parents, are there for them when they have a problem to solve.  It may be something as simple as what to do when a best friend is angry with you.  Maybe a kid needs advice about how to approach a teacher about a grade.  It could even be more serious topics like drugs, alcohol, bullying, or sex.  Whatever the topic, it’s important that kids feel that their thoughts matter, and that most problems can be solved with good conversation.

October is National Communicate with Your Kid Month.  This is the perfect time for school and public libraries to promote good communication in families by asking kids and their parents to read together.  Here are a few ideas to get kids and parents reading and talking:

Belonging

Bullying

Parent/Child Relationships

Peer Pressure

Give parents pointers for leading a discussion with their kids.

  1. Don’t be judgmental of their reading choices
  2. Listen to their opinions about the themes and characters
  3. Apply the novels to their everyday lives

Ask parents to suggest a book for their kids to read.  Maybe it’s an old favorite from their childhood, or it may be an adult novel that older kids may find interesting.

Finally, you may consider sponsoring a family night in the library.  Encourage young readers to walk their parents through the book stacks and share their favorite books.