What genetics has to say about children's taste for reading

The reading opens the doors to a world full of endless stories and where the imagination can develop living these adventures with their protagonists. Intriguing police narratives, exciting space travel, a trip to the Far West. Making a child interested in these paper friends, or electronic in some cases, is a success.

While there are many factors that influence the fact that the child can fall in love with the reading, there are others that escape from the parents' hand. This is the conclusion reached by the study led by Elsje van Bergen, doctor of the Vrije University (Amsterdam) where it has been proven that genetics can explain that some children feel a greater taste for reading and others do not.


Genetic heritage

This study aims to demonstrate that not only the amount of reading that the child does has influence on this being a habitual consumer of books. Other factors, such as genetics in this case, can influence a small develop passion for this activity. This has been determined after collecting data related to 11,000 minors between seven and eight years.

The amount of reading in a child only involved the development of passion for this activity in a 16% of the cases. Other factors such as the motivation that is transmitted from home or school, or in this case the genetics, proved more influential. For example, a child with dyslexia or a similar disorder will have less chance of becoming an assiduous reader than another without these problems.


Another example of how the genetic behavior It influences the passion for reading is the fact that between twins there is more possibility that each of them have different tastes for this activity, than in the case of the twins, who share more information in this regard. Finally, this work refers to those children with ADHD, a disorder that can be inherited between parents and children and makes it more unlikely that a child can stay doing an activity that requires as much attention as reading a book.

How to encourage reading

The motivation offered by the parents can also contribute to the More smalls develop your passion for reading.

- Take advantage of the child's tastes. What is the passion of the children? Knowing these details can help you decide which book you can attract the most. Science fiction, fantasy, crime novel, there are many themes and nothing helps more than knowing what is the taste.


- Lead by example. The parents are the mirror in which the child looks, if they read, there is much more possibility that the children take an example and practice this activity for themselves.

- Do not make it an obligation. The best way to present reading to children is as something fun, not as an obligation that must be accepted yes or yes. You will get better results if you show this practice as something that will transport you to wonderful worlds.

Damián Montero

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