Reading is a wonderful self-fulfilling activity for all age groups. Reading with a parent/ carer will ensure that your child knows that reading is valued and enjoyed in your home. What ever effort your child makes read they should be praised and supported, no matter how small the effort is.
Let your child know, through example, that hard work will be rewarded. If your child believes that achievement is a natural by-product of effort, he is more likely to put in hard work. Such children are also less likely to drop out of programs and college at a later stage.
When a child achieves something, it is necessary to praise there hard work. Positive reinforcements enhance confidence and increases self-esteem. Conversely, beware of criticism. It can ruin the frail ego of children/ teenagers and play havoc with their minds.