Is it the end of the bedtime story?
Polls show that most parents don’t read to their children regularly.
Farewell, "Goodnight Moon" — the bedtime ritual of reading to children might be on its way out. According to recent research, few parents regularly read bedtime stories to their kids.
A poll conducted by Harris Interactive found that only 33 percent of U.S. parents read bedtime stories with their children nightly. Fifty percent of parents say their children spend more time with TV or video games than with books.
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The results were similar in another poll from Australia. The Optus Literacy Study revealed that only one in four parents read a bedtime story to their child daily.
Literacy nonprofit Reading Is Fundamental commissioned the former study. The organization’s president stressed the importance of bedtime stories, saying they “build the foundation for future achievement.”
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Tell us — do you think nightly bedtime stories are important? Which bedtime story was your favorite as a kid?
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Reading together is essential. I loved reading to my girls and they both love reading now. I still get one of our favorite picture books every now and then and read it to them (age 14 and 16).
My kids would take out so many books from the library I would return them in boxes. It doesn't cost much, starts great school habits, conversations and is fun.
I believe in showing by example. If they see em enjoying reading a book than they'll want to know what is so interesting. Reading to them and with them too. If they found a book that they wanted I bought it for them. Even if that means I have to go without lunch for the week. Visiting the library and limiting video game times. If you want to play a video game than you have to have played outside for x amount of time. at the end of the day while we are winding down. The TV goes off and we all spent time reading before going to bed.
I also encouraged them to try creative writing themselves. To continue the stories/adventures of their favorite books.
My favorite stories that my mother read to me as a child were James and the Giant Peach and the Wizard of Oz books. It was a quiet and peaceful time of the day amidst the chaos of our daily lives. I now read to my daughter who is now 8 and a wonderful reader herself...but she does prefer that I read the bedtime stories even though she is quite capable on her own. It is one of the most nuturing and beautiful experiences - sharing a story, laughing together, asking questions, thinking and predicting what will happen next. Sometimes she even corrects the writer and tells me how the author "should have" said something rahter than how they did. It's quite lovely and for those parents who haven't tried it, take a chance and spend 20 minutes with your child in that quiet space between the pages of a book. Life passes quickly.
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