One of the most popular things parents have done for their child's bedtime routine is to read them a bedtime story. It's a surefire way to entertain them while helping them wind down enough that they'll go to bed easily. Many of us may recall our parents reading to us at bedtime back when we were little. But it appears as though this manner of bonding with one's kids is dying a slow and painful death.
A new study from the United Kingdom revealed that just 20 percent of parents actually read bedtime stories to their children. The study was conducted by a hotel group known as Novotel. They interviewed 1000 parents who had children between the ages of six months old to ten years old about the matter.
If parents aren't reading to their children at night, what exactly are they doing instead? The study revealed that a quarter of parents give their children a tablet or a cellphone to either play with or watch YouTube or cartoons on. Meanwhile, another 60 percent allow their children to watch TV in order to help them fall asleep.
Yet it's clear that more parents wish to read to their children. More than two-thirds surveyed in this study admitted that they felt guilty for not reading bedtime stories to their children. 94 percent of parents say that they believe reading bedtime stories is an important way to help nurture a child's creativity and reading skills.
So, why aren't parents reading bedtime stories to their children more? Well, it turns out that there are a few reasons for this. 28 percent of parents say that they work late, meaning that they don't have a chance to read to their kids. Another 34 percent say that they're often "too tired" to do such a thing regularly. Finally, over a quarter of surveyed parents say they believe that their children wouldn't be interested in bedtime stories. But perhaps parents may be wrong about that idea.
"With demanding schedules, parents often struggle to find the time for bedtime stories — but our research shows that they are valued by kids, as well as mums and dads. We understand the pressures that modern life can put on families. Whether it’s about dragons or princesses or reminiscing about a day spent together, stories bring families together and that’s important," explained James Wheatcroft of Novotel.