May is Get Caught Reading Month -- how do you plan to celebrate? If only your children would put down the video game controller, stop texting a friend, or turn off the cartoons and pick up a book. Believe it or not, I recently witnessed this happen in my own family with no coercion, or even prompting, from my wife or me.
A couple of weeks ago, my three stepchildren started a nightly ritual that I’ve watched with amazement. Sometime after dinner one of them calls out to the others, “It’s reading time!” Then they gather in the family room with one of their favorite books and take turns reading to each other for an hour or so. They’ve already read three or four books, and they’re still going strong. They seem to genuinely enjoy the time they’re spending together stimulating each other’s imaginations.