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Revealed! How Often Parents Really Read To Their Child

Parents have read their children bedtime stories for as long as we can remember, but it now seems like it’s a fading tradition…

Only four per cent of parents read their child a bedtime every night, new research reveals. And two fifths of children never get a bedtime story at all. Why? Because 61 per cent of parents think that reading to their tot before they go to sleep is ‘not very important’.


The survey, conducted by gift site, looked at 2,082 UK parents and asked those polled to reveal how often they read to their child. Around 40 per cent stated never, 11 per cent answered once a week and just four per cent said they read to their tot every night.

Two fifths of children never get a bedtime story

The parents who confessed to not reading to their child every night were asked why, to which 69 per cent answered that they didn’t have time. Just under 30 per cent said they weren’t always at home for bedtime and six per cent admitted they couldn’t be bothered or didn’t want to.


Those polled were also asked how important they think it is to read a bedtime story. Approximately 60 per cent stated that they believe it isn’t important while 22 per cent think it is and 14 per cent of the parents deem it ‘not important at all’.

As well as being a lovely way to spend one-on-one time with your tot, a bedtime story is brilliant way to help settle your little one before she sleeps and an important part of the bedtime routine.


How often do you read to your child? Let us know in the comments box below.

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