The importance of Bedtime Stories

We
were excited to be involved in the M&S bedtime stories campaign. Too much emphasis for children is on screens
these days so sadly there has been a steady decline in the time spent reading. So to encourage more reading at home M&S
sent us a lovely package including new pyjamas
for the boys and a set of five books to
share.

We
all love reading here fortunately, that downtime before bed to snuggle up with
a story is a lovely end to any day! You
can forget all the tantrums and tears, grumbles and sibling fights once you
have snuggled up together for a nice calming story. Books seem to settle children as they get wrapped up in the
adventure. Daddy especially puts on
funny voices as he reads and makes the time even more entertaining!

Growing
up I was a big reader I would spend big chunks of my day curled up in a chair
absorbed in a story, so I do hope the boys will match my enthusiasm for the
written word. So many children have
tablets and gaming consoles that encouraging them away from the screen can be
very hard. I am quite familiar here
with the resultant tantrums when I tell them their allocated time is over… (Nuclear
meltdown might be a more accurate description!).

I
think finding a reading media that interests your child is a good way to coax
them away from a screen (it does not always need to be a book, if they like a
certain character you could buy them a magazine or get them to read signs when
you walk around anywhere!).

We
picked a selection of books that I knew they would enjoy. Eldest is always keen to learn more about
dinosaurs, so a book filled about facts regarding them went down a treat
(although I admit both us have trouble reading dinosaur names!!!). His top-secret book was so well received he
was not only reading merrily to himself but insisted on having a pen so he
could start filling in all the sections.

I am glad eldest enjoys factual books as well as fiction, because he is
increasing his knowledge on a range of topics.

I
enjoy seeing how much eldest has advanced his reading skills; whenever he is in
his room he usually has his nose in a book. 
As he has developed his skill and become a more competent reader his
interest has been sparked! Youngest
tends to listen to the stories as he is still young but he is learning all the while
when we read too as he is advancing his vocabulary and learning how to pronounce
words.

Thank
you M&S for this opportunity to spend quality time together.

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