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Do you read to your child every night? [10 Second Poll]

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Is it true that only 19% of parents read to their children every night? Help us find out!

This week, Alton Towers Resort revealed new study results showing that ‘only one in five parents are reading to their children every night before bedtime’.

REALLY?! I thought as I read this… Surely more than 1 in 5 parents read to their children every night?

They’ve described the results as staggering… and they certainly sound it. But then I started thinking… is this just another case of spinning the evidence to make an eye-catching headline?

You see, I’m sure the statement is true (from their study results) – but the reality may be a lot less shocking than it sounds.

For example… it might still be true that, say, 70% of parents read to their children 5 or 6 nights every week. In other words, most parents might still read to their children most nights, but just not EVERY night. If that was the case, the survey results would be a lot less shocking.

And also – how old are the children we are talking about? I couldn’t find that stat anywhere in the press release… And the older the child gets, the more likely they are to read their own bedtime story – or not want one from mum and dad. So if older children are included in the survey, again, the statement would be less surprising.


Help us find the TRUTH!

Please take a second to complete the quick survey below, but ONLY if you have children aged 0 – 5 years old.

I will share the results with you once we have enough responses to make the results meaningful. So please do share with your friends!

Please pick the option that most closely matches a typical week in your house.

2 thoughts on “Do you read to your child every night? [10 Second Poll]

  1. We “never” read before bedtime…but we read all through the day. Wouldn’t a better question be, “Do you read to your child every day?”

    We tried to read to our 17 month old at night from a few months of age, but he was always too exhausted. It wasn’t much fun for any of us, as he would be crying! We started a routine of reading in the afternoon before dinner as we were all getting tired by that point and wanted to do something quietly. That has always worked well for us and now he picks up books from morning to evening.

    1. Hi Chloe, thanks for your comment. I totally agree with you – as you say, reading to our children is the important thing… when we do it is much less important, if it has any relevance at all (I’ll let the experts argue that one out!)

      For me, this is as much about challenging the sensationalistic headline as anything else, hence phrasing the question this way. It just frustrates me that a claim like this can get so much attention in the media, and yet it is potentially massively misleading to the public at large, who might only hear the headline and not much else. Our findings from this poll will either agree or disagree with the original claim, but you’re right, they will only reflect what happens at bed time and not during the rest of the day – so the results won’t be much more than an interesting observation.

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