Every other word

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every other word

Kubla won’t read his primer. He can’t play video games again until he finishes two pages.

“It’s too hard,” he whines. “It’s so boring!”

I offer him a deal.

“How about this—we’ll take turns reading every other word.”

He’s not convinced, but half the words is definitely better than all of them.

“The,” he spits out the word like I’m torturing him.
“fat” I say.
“cat” he reads, a little less pained this time.
“sat” me.
“on” him.
“the” me.
“mat.” he finishes the sentence.

He feels supported. We’re doing it together. It’s still not easy, but not pulling teeth like before.

How do you support your kids in doing hard or boring things?

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