Do you read a bedtime story with your child every night? If the answer is yes, then hats off to you! As apparently, we are a dying breed. New research out from the BookTrust tells us why. Apparently a quarter of UK parents use tech such as home assistants to give bedtime stories. 65% give children time on smartphones, YouTube, tablets and TV before sleeping.
Sob! That seems like a very sad state affairs to me.
A book can change the world
The benefits of reading a bedtime story with your child are well documented. Not only is it a lovely way for you both to wind down at the end of a busy day, it’s also an important bonding time. Moreover, reading a book together every day helps to build a child’s language, resilience, confidence and imagination.
Figures show that while half of UK parents (49%) aim to share a story with their child every night, just over a quarter (28%) manage to do so. A third (31%) say work or commuting stops them getting home in time, while one in five (20%) simply feel “too busy”.
I know we are all tired, busy and totally frazzled at the end of the day. But surely, just surely we can eek out another ten minutes of our time, energy and attention and direct it to reading a bedtime story can’t we? If we are stuck on a commute home – well that’s one thing. But if we are there in the same space, then to me – it’s a no-brainer.
Between the pages
I have to be honest there are so many times that I feel like flopping into bed with my daughter I am so utterly exhausted at the end of the day. I may feel that reading a bedtime story is the last thing in the world that I want to do. Especially on the days when my reactive hypoglycemia is not under control. But do you know what I do? I pull out a book and lie down on her bed with her, and read. If you really can’t face reading, have them read to you! Or take turns. There are so many ways around it.
And that’s why I’m backing BookTrust’s Pyjamarama. The campaign calls on parents to ditch tech and rediscover the bedtime story on Friday 7th June by celebrating Pyjamarama, a nationwide fundraising campaign.
Pyjamas at the ready!
Have you ever dreamt of rocking up at the school gate in pyjamas on a frenzied school run? Well then, you’re going to love this one!
Pyjamarama is asking that we wear our pyjamas all day on Friday 7th June,
donate £1, and celebrate the bedtime story in any way they like. All funds raised will go towards helping help BookTrust ensure that every child experiences the life changing benefits of access to books and reading.
Bestselling Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon, who is also backing the campaign puts it so well: “Reading a bedtime story together is one of the best experiences a child and parent can share, and something tech cannot replace. The many evenings I spent immersed in books with my son, Joshua, until he was 11, not only inspired me to become a children’s author, but are also some of our best shared memories and gave my son the confidence, curiosity and thirst for learning that has set him up for life”.
Now how can anyone argue with that?
So parents, go forth and ditch the tech, stick on your PJs, donate a quid pay and rediscover the joy of a bedtime story. Reading a bedtime story can make all the difference, and you’re the ones who can make it.
Schools, nurseries, businesses and individuals can sign up for Pyjamarama fundraising packs by visiting: http://booktrust.org.uk/pyjamarama. All monies raised will go towards funding BookTrust’s work in supporting more families. For just £25, BookTrust could provide 15 pre-school children living in women’s refuge centres with their own book pack.
To celebrate Pyjamarama we have teamed up with the BookTrust for a chance to win this awesome Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Holly Glow Friend – perfect for bedtime – and 35 Piece Puzzle!