It’s summer. The sun is shining, you hear laughter from children playing outside on the block, and your kid is still upstairs in her bedroom finishing a chapter. What’s wrong with her? Why does she have her nose in a book on such a great day? Why isn’t she aching to get outside with the others?
Many parents worry that their fiction-loving children prefer to live in the fantasy life of a book rather than the so-called “real” social world of their peers and family. Is there something wrong with these kids? Are they floundering socially?
Today’s Globe and Mail article entitled “Socially Awkward? Hit The Books” offers some research findings that seem to indicate that reading fiction actually helps develop social skills. I wonder if reading blogs does too? Thanks for reading mine!