A – Z Romantic Comedy Movies

In continuing with my A-Z listings theme that I have used before, (A – Z Books for Adults; A – Z If I Were Stranded on a Deserted Island)  I have gone with one of my go-to types of movies, romantic comedy.

I did have to take a little poetic license with a couple, and there is one of those that is a stretch to make it a rom-com, but I’m not the one who names the movies. Let me just tell you, those people are sort of stingy about using the letter Q!

Hope you enjoy this. If you haven’t seen these, I highly recommend them all!

A*American President, The (Michael Douglas, Annette Bening)      [Amazon, IMDB]

BBreakfast At Tiffany’s (Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard)     [Amazon, IMDB]

CClueless (Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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DDeeds, Mr. (Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder)     [Amazon, IMDB]

EEnchanted (Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey)     [Amazon, IMDB]

FFailure To Launch (Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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GGrease (John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John)     [Amazon, IMDB]

H*- How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey)     [Amazon, IMDB]

IIt’s Complicated (Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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JJust Go With It (Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston)      [Amazon, IMDB]

KKnocked Up (Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogan)     [Amazon, IMDB]

LLife As We Know It (Josh Duhamel, Katherine Heigl)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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M*My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Nia Vardalos, John Corbett)     [Amazon, IMDB]

NNotting Hill (Julia Roberts, )     [Amazon, IMDB]

OOne Fine Day (Michelle Pfieffer, George Clooney)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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P*Pretty Woman (Richard Gere, Julia Roberts)     [Amazon, IMDB]

QQueen* (Kangana Ranaut)     [Amazon, IMDB

RRoxanne (Steve Martin, Darryl Hannah)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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S*Sweet Home Alabama (Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey)     [Amazon, IMDB]

TTwenty-seven (27) Dresses (Katherine Heigl, James Marsden )      [Amazon, IMDB]

UUgly Truth, The (Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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VValentine’s Day (Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey)     [Amazon, IMDB]

WWhile You Were Sleeping (Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman)     [Amazon, IMDB]

X – SeX And The City (Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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YYou’ve Got Mail (Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan)     [Amazon, IMDB]

Z –  CraZy, Stupid, Love (Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore)      [Amazon, IMDB]

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One other one that I dearly love and watch over and over and over is Sabrina, both the original (1954 – Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn) [Amazon, IMDB] and the remake (1995 – Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond) [Amazon, IMDB]

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*Favorites that I can watch over and over.

**Okay, so I took a little poetic licensing with this one. It’s not really a rom-com, more of a falling in love with oneself. But how many movies with Q in the title are there?

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Helicopter teachers

Whether or not you have read my post on helicopter parenting…I think the research shows that “hovering” as parents is a no-no. It is so detrimental to kids and it is a travesty of justice for kids. But now there is an issue with teachers being led into hover mode.

What another insane travesty of justice.

In school systems where parents have 24/7 access to their students’ grades and access to all the upcoming assignments, and quiz and test dates for their students through a learning platform, why are teachers required to call/email a parent when a student fails a test? Why on earth do parents have to be specifically notified? If parents want to hover and helicopter, this is the one area where they actually should be a little over the top. But ironically, most are not.

Many of the same reasons that make hover parenting bad, also make hover-teaching bad. Let’s look at entitlement. So the child fails, the teacher calls the parent and the parent wants to know why the child failed. Hello? Your child doesn’t study. Your child doesn’t prepare for class. Your child doesn’t care. Why? Because a parent that doesn’t hold kids accountable for their grades gives that child an open invitation to entitlement.

Think about it: Mom and/or Dad know that Junior isn’t studying. He is playing video games. Or hanging out with friends. He may even be working. But if he isn’t studying, he is not preparing for his job as a student. So, when Junior (or Suzie-Q) fails, Mom/Dad really don’t have any recourse. They have allowed the child to forgo studying, so how can they legitimately get angry when he/she didn’t pass?

Chronic complainers? Yes! Kids who don’t study and don’t pass are generally the ones who complain about the test or the teacher or the school or anything else that doesn’t go exactly they way they want it. They are entitled, so they know for certain that it is not their own fault that they failed. “This wasn’t on the study guide/We didn’t get a study guide.” Guess what, there is no study guide for life or for your job/career. What then?

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At what point do we hold the students responsible for their actions or inaction, as the case may be. The teacher has to notify the parent. Really? Can the parent not talk to the child? Can the child actually be held accountable?

I was, and I am pretty sure you were, also. In the 70s and 80s, how many times did our parents blame teachers for our bad grades? How often did our parents get a phone call about a failing grade we made? They didn’t. And they didn’t have instant access to grades.

Our parents got a report card once every 6 or 9 weeks, and it had to be signed and returned to school the next day. That was it. They knew about those things, not because they had a learning platform on a computer that was updated daily, but because they took an interest in our education and asked us what we were doing in school.

Let’s face it, anyone who doesn’t hold kids accountable is responsible for the anxiety and lack of confidence these students have. In the same way that helicopter parenting damages kids, helicopter teaching has a similar outcome.

Should parents know their kids have failed a test? Yes!

Should the teacher have to be a helicopter figure to let the parents know? No!

If parents take the initiative to know what their child is doing in school, the child will be more likely to take the initiative to do better. If not, the parents must force the issue with the child. The parents. Not the teacher.

We are raising the future here. We need them to be confident, non-entitled adults ready to take on the world by themselves, not just because someone is forcing them to do so.

Sorry for the rant, I just get a little heated sometimes!

Anyway, what are your thoughts on this?

 

Not a story I would advise you to visit.

Summit Lake (Charlie Donlea) is a very small, close-knit town of full-time and part-time residents and tourists. It’s the sort of place where everyone knows everyone else and no one’s business is safe from the local gossip mongers.

So when a part-time resident, Becca Eckersley is savagely murdered in her family’s cabin, the entire town is up in arms to find out who killed her and why.

Not a story I would advise you to visit. A Propensity to Discuss review.

When Kelsey Castle returns to work as a crime magazine reporter after a month-long recuperation from a brutal attack, her boss and mentor sends her to Summit Lake for more rest and relaxation and to write a story on the murder. Makes sense, right? She’s trying to get over being raped and beaten, so send her to investigate a case where someone was raped, beaten and died.

She arrives to find that Becca’s family is doing everything they can to cover up some secret, including shutting out the local sheriff and calling in the State Police. Kelsey sets up an appointment with the Sheriff who gives her all of the notes that he and his team have on the case. Just like that. She asks; he gives. That happens, right?

In the meantime, Kelsey meets Rae, the pseudo owner of the town coffee shop and they become instant friends and confidants. Kelsey even opens up to her about her own attack, which is something she wouldn’t even do with her therapist.

There is also Dr. Peter Ambrose, a surgeon in town who is ready to do anything at all, including Breaking and Entering to help this reporter he has only just met. Not to mention the fact that having been brutally attacked 6 weeks before she was willing to just go out and commit not one, but 2 B&Es with this man she has only met three times. How does that make sense?

In the end, of course, the reporter is able to break the case that neither the local nor the state police were able to even get any leads on. And it leaves you asking why the family would try to cover up the murder anyway. Wouldn’t they want to see their daughter’s killer brought to justice?

Sorry, this one just didn’t do it for me.

And if I may add another warning: Do NOT purchase the audio of this book! It is really bad. Shannon McManus has recorded quite a few books, but this one is an absolute mess. Her inflection is completely wrong. Her voice goes up at the end of most sentences, the way it should when asking a question. She has no grasp of cadence in moving from one sentence to another. Thank goodness I only paid $2.95 for it! If I had paid more, I would be sick over it.

1 Star. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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What would you give up for Harmony?

Alexandra and Josh Hammond live a somewhat stressful life. Their daughter, Tilly, has a disorder that really can’t be classified. She isn’t exactly autistic, but close. She doesn’t have Asperger’s, but almost. She can’t seem to connect to social norms and sees everything as strictly black and white and she has no control over her impulses.

Since Tilly has been kicked out of every school she has ever attended, Alexandra takes it upon herself to find a way to “fix” Tilly. And she thinks she’s found the answer. Scott Bean has a way of talking Alexandra down from the ledge. His no-nonsense, very easy-going manner and his suggestions on how to handle Tilly are actually helping.

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All Alexandra wants is Harmony for her family. And author Carolyn Parkhurst weaves a story that is so very real about families with special needs children and the lengths some might go to find any harmony at all.

Scott is there for Alexandra. When she hits the end of her rope he becomes the knot that allows her to hold on. It’s a “right place, right time” scenario for Scott to come in and convince her and Josh that Camp Harmony is the only way to take back her life.

And it is working. Scott is really good with Tilly and the other kids who have similar issues. He makes a difference and Tilly seems much more capable of controlling herself.

Tilly’s younger sister, Iris, is the “normal” child, or the “good kid” as Scott tells her. Iris sometimes questions Scott’s motives and his honesty, but she loves her family and she is willing to go along with it all because that is what has been asked of her.

What would you give up for Harmony? A Propensity to Discuss review.

Tilly’s black and white issues also led her to believe that if something does not go exactly as planned, the imagined outcome would be far more damaging than the reality usually is. Strangely enough, Scott tends to have the same sort of ideology, but no one sees that in the beginning.

As other families come to Camp Harmony for help in dealing with their children, the families who live there truly believe in what they are doing. But when one of the kids is kidnapped, everything begins to implode. Choices are made that affect every aspect of camp life and not one person will be left unchanged.

Is Camp Harmony a cult? Or is it just a group of families who will do anything they possibly can to help their children grow and thrive. And what about the rest of us? Would we shake our heads at the senseless adults who followed a cult leader, or would we have done the same thing given all the same circumstances?

The audio version of Harmony is a very easy, quite soothing narration. Cassandra Campbell who is the voice of Alexandra does a really good job of showing the desperation of a mother who has no idea how to cope with a child like Tilly. Abigail Revasch and Jorjeana Marie also narrate as Iris and Tilly.

Iris tells the story of what happens at Camp Harmony, while Alexandra fills in the back story. Tilly narrates the Hammond Family Life as it would one day be sure to appear in the museum of Hammond Family History.

All in all, a really good book and a nice flow of narration.

4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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Guilty…of being Truly Mad

It’s over. And I am at a loss. What do I do now? My new friends have moved on, but I can’t seem to do the same. I hate it when this happens! And for me, it happens a lot. I get so attached, they become a part of my everyday world. Then, suddenly, they move on and out of my life and I am left wondering if the characters in the next book I read will have such a profound effect on my mind.

I have finished Liane Moriarty’s Truly, Madly Guilty and Clementine, Erika, Holly, Ruby and the rest of these amazing characters have left me feeling like I have let go of a few new friends. They came into my life and now, their stories told, have moved on and I miss them.

That, to me, is the beauty in the writing of Liane Moriarty. She gets into the minds of the characters and shares both the extreme and trivial details that make each character behave in the way that they do and this gives you a feeling that you actually know these people. You have been with them through thick and thin. You have seen what has brought them to their knees and walked with them as they pulled themselves up, dusted off their britches and moved forward with their lives.

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This story is written in 3rd person, but each person tells a new chapter and that person has almost 1st person ability to tell not only the background, and what they are thinking, but almost what is going on with everyone else in a 1st person type of viewpoint.

This book is a lot like Big Little Lies, in that you know there was something big that happened, but you don’t know exactly what or how, but that it affected everyone who was involved in quite a discernible way. You know that the lives of these people are all different after the Bar-B-Que at Tiffany and Vid’s house. But what you learn are the events that led up to that fateful day and how every person who was there is changed and challenged after that day. What you don’t know is what actually happened.

That is the beauty of this both Truly Madly Guilty and Big Little Lies. You know what the outcome is, but you don’t have any real idea of what caused the problem until the characters have pretty much gotten themselves and their lives almost back on track. Add to that all of the background information given through flashbacks leading up to the moment of crisis and you end the story almost back at the beginning, but you know the entire story which leaves you feeling as though you know the cast of characters completely.

And, if you are like me, you miss them when they leave.

Caroline Lee is the narrator for the Truly Madly Guilty audio, just as she was for Big Little Lies, and she is absolutely magical. Her inflections and change of style for each character exactly matches what you would imagine each of them would sound. Especially her characterization of Vid that is spot on and wonderful. Plus, at the end of the book, there is a Q&A between Lee and Moriarty that is quite interesting and fun to listen to them talk about the characters from their perspectives.

 

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And, just like Big Little Lies, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have picked up the rights to Truly Madly Guilty for a movie deal. I can hardly wait!  Big Little Lies will be a 7 part series on HBO hopefully airing soon!

 

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

 

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Behind Closed Doors anything is possible…

Unputdownable. I have used this term before, but boy, oh boy, just ask my family about this one! I had headphones in my ears at every opportunity this weekend so that I could get to the end of this book and see the characters safely to the other side! There was no way for me to let this one sit unfinished for any length of time.

Jack and Grace are the perfect married couple. Just ask Adam and Diane, they see it every time they share a meal with them. Jack is always so attentive to Grace, doesn’t let her lift a finger without his help. They reminisce about their trips and the way they met. Friends Esther and Diane would love to get to know Grace better, but she just seems to be joined at the hip to Jack. You never see her without him.

Grace always finds a reason to cancel plans to meet Diane and Esther alone for lunch. They never see her in town. She doesn’t have a cell phone or even her own email address. Add to the fact that she quit her job to be a stay at home wife and Esther just doesn’t believe the fairy tale is real. There is something that just doesn’t sit right in her mind.

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Then there is Millie, Grace’s sister who is 17 years her junior and has Downs Syndrome. Esther and Diane are amazed that Jack is so excited to have Millie come to live with them. It is so unusual to find a man whose love is so unconditional. But Behind Closed Doors, something nefarious lurks.

Is the fairy tale real? Or is something sinister about? On reading/hearing the first two chapters, a feeling of ill-will hits you and you know that all is not as it seems. But there is no way of guessing just how evil one person could be.

The character development in this book is so rich and so intense that I found myself cringing and holding my breath. Torment comes in all shapes and sizes, in all manners of people. And if no one would believe the truth, where is a person to turn for help?

This one is an absolute must read! Or a must listen! I chose the audio version which was read impeccably by Georgia Maguire. She brings every character to life with amazing skill, variation, and inflection. You can almost see the characters in your mind as you listen. This is a great book to listen to if you have never tried an audio book before. With a run time of 8 hours 23 minutes, it won’t take a ton of time, but trust me, you’ll wish it went on for longer!

On a side note, I have seen this book compared to Gone Girl, but I have to disagree. While the psychological thriller aspect is much the same, there are characters in this book to whom you can actually relate and pull for and fight for and love. Not so with Gone Girl. So while the idea of someone pulling off a psychologically heinous act on someone else is there, this book has many more redeeming qualities. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Gone Girl, I just really LOVE Behind Closed Doors!

Interested in other psychological thrillers? Check out this post….7 Books And 2 Series That Will Keep You Up At Night

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5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

 

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7 reasons I let my kids read any book they wanted

If you read my post  One note that rocked my world…for the best, you know that I was allowed to read anything I wanted. As an adult, a teacher, and still a voracious reader, I have come to realize how important reading is to education, growth, and mental development. That being said, the reasons I let my kids read anything they wanted is that I came to realize why my parents did the same for me.

Why am I worried about this, you ask? Kids today don’t read! No, no! Not so fast with that assumption! A study of more than 6,000 Americans by the Pew Research Center proves that Millennials are reading more books than the over-30 crowd. (LaFrance) My worry is that so many parents are blocking kids from reading what they want and that not only terrifies me, but it drives me crazy! Here are my reasons why:

(1) Reading teaches more than any teacher ever will.

Put your claws up, I’m a teacher, too, so I am NOT taking away anything from teachers! Teachers are amazing! But reading, well, reading is so much more!

Think about it this way. A student picks up a fiction book and starts to read. Maybe the book is set in Australia. Does he learn anything about Australia? Yes, climate, culture, the people. A whole geography lesson…and no one forced him to learn it. Another student is reading a fictional account of a girl in North Korea and her eyes are opened to other places where freedom is not something to take for granted.

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There are only so many teacher lectures that will get through to students, and then they have to start seeing things for themselves and experiencing them in order to be able to really understand them. Short of traveling to Australia or North Korea (good luck with that one) reading leads them into that understanding. Even if it is fictional, it has to have a plausibility of truth and that truth is where learning lies.

(2) Reading encourages imagination.

Imagination is a good thing. Kids who have a good imagination are capable of entertaining themselves, and for tired parents, parents who need some adult conversations, or parents who don’t want children who are completely dependent on them for everything, that is a great skill to develop.

Kids who have great imaginations grow up to be adults who are capable of thinking outside the box, a skill that is highly sought after by employers.

(3) Reading helps develop better writing skills and strengthens critical thinking skills.

While thinking outside the box is a great skill, being able to write well and get those thoughts across is just as important when looking for a job. Not to mention getting through high school and college.

There are basically 6 actionable critical thinking skills for which employers look: Interpretation, analysis, inference, evaluation, explanation, and self-regulation. All of these can be fine-tuned through independent reading. Every single one. (Tilus)

(4) For readers, it is not the words, but the story.

“But some books have bad words! And what about ‘inappropriate’ content?” To this my answer has a few parts:

(a) No matter how protective you are, your child is going to hear/read/ and yes, even say those words eventually.

(b) Avid readers generally gloss over the actual words in a story and it is the content they concentrate on, not the individual words.

(c) Read the book at the same time and if there is content that makes you uncomfortable, talk with them openly and honestly about it. That is so much healthier than the head in the sand approach to sensitive topics.

Wouldn’t you rather your kids learn the truth from you rather than the generally uneducated gossiping and giggling in the school bathroom?

(5) Gives them more to talk about and encourages maturity and by the way, the world does not shield them.

Need something interesting to talk to your kids about during dinner that they won’t roll their eyes and tell you things like “I’m fine. School is fine. My friends are fine.”

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Remember I said you could read the same book?  Imagine the conversations from that. No eye rolling (unless you come out with a plot-spoiler).

When was the last time the public as a whole did everything in their power to shield a young child from the realities of the world? Have you seen the news? They show pretty much anything they want these days with a simple “This video may be hard for some viewers to watch” statement. Have you seen what is on TV? Oh. My. Goodness. I do not profess to be a prude by any means, but there are just some things I don’t want to see at 7:30 p.m.

Also, when was the last time you went to a sporting event? The language! So, if you don’t want your child to see and hear these things, are you going to be there with a blindfold and sound-masking headphones for your child every second of every day?

If not, then you need to teach them the good, bad and the ugly long before they reach kindergarten and keep on teaching it to them. Then trust that you have instilled in them a healthy dose of rational “this is good…that is bad…that is disgusting” ideology and let them out of that bubble!

(6) I would rather they know what they are reading is allowed and they can (had to) discuss it with me.

I have a student (I’ll refer to her as Suzy) who loves to read and loves to discuss books with me. One day one of her parents called to tell me that Suzy was far too young to have checked out a certain book and could not believe that it was even an option in the school library.

Parent: That book is full of sex scenes and profanity and people having affairs. I am appalled that you have the nerve to even own that book!

Me: So, you’ve read it, then?

Parent: No, my spouse read part of it and it was so terrible, it was not even finished.

Me: I was wondering, because I have read it and I don’t remember any sex, there were no extra-marital affairs and very little profanity, that I remember.

I then explained the “Not the words, but the story” theory. The parent stated that this 11th-grade student was not mature/smart enough to understand that “real people don’t act like that.”

In the end, Suzy was not allowed to have the book checked out, even though her prior conversations with me about the book allowed me to know that she did, in fact, know that it was a work of fiction, that what they were doing was morally wrong and that, yes, in fact, some people do act like that.

One of my initial reactions is to think “Wow, you don’t have any faith in your own parenting skills, do you?”

Trust your child. Talk to them about the book. Explain why you have reservations, and allow them to make their own decisions. I mean, surely no one reads a book about a fictional bank robbery to learn to become a bank robber. Do they?

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(7) Reading fiction promotes empathy.

A study by P. Matthijs Bal and Martijn Veltkamp entitled How Does Fiction Reading Influence Empathy? finds that reading fiction allows us the ability to empathize with others, which improves our social interactions.

This, my friends, is a total parenting WIN-WIN-WIN situation! Are you wondering how this could be? Follow me here.

First, teenagers are still working on the whole empathy thing. They don’t really have their full-tilt, completely functioning, everything works as it will in a few years brain yet. So, eye-rolling is going to happen, but with empathy, perhaps they can start to see your side of the argument about things like curfew, as well.

Second, the more empathy they learn, the more likely they are to consider the feelings of others. Not just other students, but their teachers, their siblings, their parents…see where this is headed?

Third (and there are probably more), they begin to see how their actions affect those around them. How many of you see a piece of paper on the floor at work and leave it there? How many teenagers leave it? Most of them do. But people who empathize with others may look at that and think, there is no reason why I can’t pick that up. There is one company that leaves a piece of trash on the floor as a test. If the applicant doesn’t pick it up, they don’t get the job. This shows both the level of empathy and work ethic of the applicant. In other words “It is my job to help everyone else around here.”

Whew…that’s a lot of reasoning! So, yes, I was allowed to read anything I wanted to read. Yes, my kids were allowed to read anything they wanted to read. Yes, they had to read…even during the summer. But I also read with them and to them and I read my own books while they were reading. We have even had great road trips with audio books for company. Also, they had to discuss their reading with me as they read. This encouraged conversations with them then and now about anything and everything.

So I hope that you will keep on reading, and I hope that you will encourage your kids to read anything they like. Because if they like it, they will read it. Then they will keep going back for more. The more you/they read, the more you/they benefit.

Happy reading!

Let me know what you think!  Do/did your kids read anything and everything? And what about when you were growing up?

 

Citations:

3 Simple Steps to A Well-Read Life. (2016, August 11). Retrieved September 05, 2016, from https://www.bookofthemonth.com/magazine/post/159

Bal, P. M., & Veltkamp, M. (2013, January 30). How Does Fiction Reading Influence Empathy? An Experimental Investigation on the Role of Emotional Transportation. Retrieved September 06, 2016, from http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0055341

LaFrance, A. (2014, September 10). Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations. Retrieved September 07, 2016, from http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/09/millennials-are-out-reading-older-generations/379934/

Tilus, G. (2012, November 12). 6 Critical Thinking Skills You Need to Master Now. Retrieved September 07, 2016, from http://www.rasmussen.edu/student-life/blogs/main/critical-thinking-skills-you-need-to-master-now/