Reading was once considered sedentary, mindless entertainment by parents in the same way TV watching is today. Did your parents ever discourage you from reading?
Quite the contrary. I was constantly encouraged to read. It's probably why one of my favorite things to do is just browse the shelves at a library for a few hours, and why I teared up the first time I saw the Library of Congress.
No. My parents encourage my sister and me to read from a very young age through example.
Nope. However, there is a PE teacher at the school I work at that basically tells kids reading will make them dumb because they just sit around.
No. My father and I would often walk to the library together. I would read three books in a day.
My parents both read a lot, and so did my older sisters. It was pretty much encouraged when I was growing up.
WHEN was it considered mindless? Not as long as I've been alive. In fact, reading was encouraged by most parents, especially those that knew someone that wasn't able to complete school, or their parents or grandparents had been illiterate!
Reading engages your mind in a way that staring like a zombie at a tv screen does NOT. That's why TV was called the boob tube.
TV and technological advances have also been shown to lower the attention spans of children.
Reading was actually encouraged.
Not that I can remember.
How old are you?
The reason I ask that is because I'm in my mid 50's and have never heard any parents tell their kids that. I'm wondering if this is a new thing, with the younger generation?