It is dyslexia awareness month. I wrote this about 4 years before we figured out our boy is dyslexic. The struggle he has and that I was starting to grasp in this piece are very real. If you are reading this and it resonates with your experience of teaching your child to read at 6 or 7, please consider evaluating them for possible dyslexia.
I’m teaching my boy to read these days. Reading is a passion of mine. If I was not so responsible I’d be up late with the light on to finish a book. Who am I kidding? I’m not very responsible.
Luxury these days would be reading as long as I wanted rather than only as long as I could manage to put off other things. I dream of the day when I will be the one at the pool with a book instead of the one with the bag of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
But my boy, he seems oblivious to reading. He’s compliant so he sits and participates in the lessons and he’s learning. He’s also the one who told me quite clearly from the beginning that “some people read and some people build things. I am the kind that builds things.” He thought that would get me…
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