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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Bedtime story reading on the rise, study claims
Modern parents read their children bedtime stories more regularly than their own mothers and fathers did when they were little, a study suggests
Nearly three quarters of parents tell bedtime stories to their kids more than five nights a week and half read every nightPhoto: GETTY
By Miranda Prynne, News Reporter
The Telegraph - 27 Jan 2014
The number of parents who regularly read their children bedtime stories has almost doubled in a generation with many adding celebrity plotlines and real life dramas into classic tales, a new study reveals.
Half of all parents read to their children every night but admit to adapting traditional stories to make them shorter, add some celebrity glamour or introduce a taste of reality based on their own lives, it was claimed.
Pop stars, musicians, actors and Royals such as William and Kate are the most popular additions to classic tales.
A survey of more than 1000 users of parenting advice site Netmums revealed that despite the time-pressures of modern life, parents claim to read to their children more regularly than their own mothers and fathers did.
Nearly three quarters of parents tell bedtime stories to their kids more than five nights a week and half read every night, according to the study by the makers of Aquafresh Kids toothpaste. More