This is a great question and it’s something that I struggle with as well. I have three children and each of my kids is different.
I recommend getting some duct tape and . . . just kidding.
In seriousness, the main goal is to foster a love of books in general and to spend quality time with your child. So don’t stress too much if your loved one wants to get up and play. Here are some specific tips that you can try:
1 - Make sure the book you are reading is age appropriate. Some books are too advanced for little children. So while it might feel like you are getting ahead by reading your child a college physics text book, you’re better off reading a chi
2 - If your child is an active one and they have a hard time just sitting and listening, give them an activity (like coloring) to do as you read the book. They can certainly still engage in the story!
3 - Let your child turn the pages, and say “Turn the page” every time. Even if your kiddo is little, try hand-over-hand to get them to participate in book sharing more. It allows for good predictability and sustains attention longer.
I encourage parents to share their experiences and best practices by replying below.