It is almost universally accepted that it is important to read to your kids… According to a study we conducted for LeapFrog that was released in mid-March, 98% of parents (of kids under age 13) recognize the value of reading together from a very young age.
But as we learned with volunteering, it is sometimes hard to practice what we preach.
The typical parent with kids under age 13 says they spend 20 minutes reading each day with their child(ren), which seems good to me, but is it good enough?
Almost 3 in 4 parents say they wish they had more time as parents to read to their kids – but it just may not be possible says the typical parent … what with juggling the bills and work and the household chores… and oh by the way (according to our LeapFrog study) spending 45 minutes watching TV each day with the kids… and an hour watching TV alone or with my partner… and another 45 minutes surfing the web each day for fun.
Now, let’s give us parents the benefit of the doubt and assume that the last two activities occur after the kids go to bed… I still think we can agree on one thing… a small amount of the TV time we spend with our kids could be devoted to reading instead.
I’ll try if you will.