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Bedtime reading still loved by children

Children as old as 11 are often sad when their parents stop reading bedtime stories to them

 

The findings are published in the Kids and Family Reading Report, which surveyed over 1,000 parents.

It found over two-fifths of children said that they enjoyed listening to a bedtime story because it represented a “special time” with a parent.

Of the children aged 6-11 whose parents no longer read to them aloud, almost one-third said they had not wanted their parents to stop.

A recent survey by Netflix, found a third of parents in the UK say that one of the quickest ways to get their kids into bed is with a bribe.

The chance to stay up later on weekends and food or snacks were amongst the most popular tactics used.

A global survey of 7,000 parents by the online streaming platform, also reported 61 per cent of mums and dads said their children attempt to stall bedtime.

Some said they can spend up to 20 minutes a night negotiating with their kids.

The number of hours we are spending on the internet and on our phones has more than doubled since 2005.

According to official figures 98 per cent of the UK population have a digital TV in their home, with 86 per cent using a mobile phone on a daily basis.

Health experts warn that watching TV or using a mobile device before bedtime is bad for sleep, with those who use a computer in the hour before going to bed getting less than five hours sleep.

Experts say reading can be a fun thing to do with your child and the quality time can help to strengthen relationships.

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