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Should I encourage a competition between them to help him become more motivated to read...?

The competition could very well backfire and drive him further away from reading and from the family. Not to mention, it is rarely good to compare one child with another. They are all different and have different strengths. To use phrases like "Your sister can do it why can't you?" or "Why can't you be more like your brother?" can emotionally scar them.

Boys often develop more slowly than girls in reading, so that is a factor, though at 9 he is probably well behind where he ought to be. Something that might help would be to find things to read on subjects that are of high interest for him. Action stories or select comic books (careful what you choose), or topical things like dinosaur stories. Merge his interests with his studies and he may find his own motivations.

Ron
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