We had a busy weekend around here. A four soccer game kind of busy weekend. As I sat down to write a blog post, I thought I might take the easy route and post this great picture of Rob and Katherine with a quote about dads and reading.
Instead, I found a super alarming statistic.
One study out of Modesto, California, showed: (1) boys who were read to by their fathers scored significantly higher in reading achievement; and (2) where fathers read recreationally themselves, their sons read more and scored higher than did boys whose fa- thers did little or no recreational reading. When the dads were surveyed, only 10 per- cent reported having fathers who read to them when they were children.
Only 10 percent of dads reported having fathers who read to them as children. Yet boys (and I would assume girls as well) are better readers when their dads read to them.
I know in our house, I do most of the reading. It’s just the way it shakes out. After reading about this study, however, I know it is time to switch up responsibilities for awhile. I bet we will all learn some interesting things along the way…