Bedtime stories have just about been phased out of our modern culture. According to The Telegraph, a new study shows that only around 64 percent of parents surveyed who have children younger than seven years old ever read to their kids at all, and only one fifth of those read bedtime stories to their kids every night.
Around four percent of children ages seven and under don't even own a book. A home without books for kids to read is not how it used to be. Now, a quarter of a million children live without books. I guess this is what progress is supposed to look like, yet somehow it seems more like a regression, don't you think?
Even though around 91 percent of parents were read to at night when they were children, the modern day trend is to give into the children's addictions. Sure kids could stay glued to the TV or their video games or toys, but as parents it's vital to step in and expand their minds if they are to be successful in academics. To push them to be super educated and then pull the rug out from under them before they even get started seems a clear mistake.
Reading bedtime stories to your child sets the stage to make readers out of them as they get older. This lack of reading to children has been proven to have real detrimental effects.
“The study by academics at the Institute of Education found that regular access to books between the age of 10 and 16 boosts pupils’ vocabulary and spelling skills and drives up standards in maths.” (The Telegraph)
Should we abandon everything old and from the past, even a not so long past for the sake of change, or should parents be joining in the fight to save the “good things” as we “progress”? To lose something valuable just for the sake of change doesn't seem like a benefit, and in this case the children and the future suffer.
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