January 31 2014
The number of parents who regularly read their children bedtime stories has almost doubled in a generation according to a recent survey.
Half of all parents read to their children every night but admit to adapting traditional stories to make them shorter, add some celebrity glamour or introduce a taste of reality based on their own lives, it was claimed. Parents say they read to their children more regularly than their own mothers and fathers did despite the time-pressures of modern life.
Nearly three quarters of parents tell bedtime stories to their children more than five nights a week and half read every night. Two thirds of parents claimed bedtime reading provided important bonding time while three quarters said it helped relax their child read to sleep. More than half of those questioned said they thought bedtime stories helped encourage creativity in children.
Mothers tend to be the chief storyteller in the family, with just a quarter of parents claiming the dad is their child’s favourite bedtime reader.
At Bramley we endorse this, with parents modelling for their daughters just how to read – adding skills such as expression and intonation, whilst acting as role models instilling positive future reading habits.
We advocate that Bramley girls themselves spend at least 10 minutes per evening reading to their parents and do so at least three times a week.