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Bedtime Stories on the Wane, According to Survey

Bedtime Stories on the Wane, According to Survey

A recent poll, conducted by Littlewoods, found only 13% of parents read their kids bedtime stories every night, with stress and lack of time given as reasons for the low figure

A bedtime story used to be a way for children and parents to bond at the end of the day, but this tradition has undergone a dramatic decline.

According to the survey of 2,000 mothers with children aged 0-7 years, only 64% of respondents said they read their children bedtime stories, even though 91% were themselves read bedtime stories when young.

The findings are all the more concerning following recent research from the Institute of Education (IOE), which suggests children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers.

One of the major challenges appears to lie in getting children to pay attention to books. Nearly half of those surveyed said their children found television, computer games and other toys more diverting, while 4% said their children do not own any books at all.

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