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Parents miss out on story time

Six in 10 parents feel that they do not devote enough time to reading stories to their children, even though more than 90 percent of them believe that it has a positive effect on youngsters and is an important part of their upbringing. These are the results of a survey of parents of children aged 3 to 5 that was carried out on the Aegean island of Kos by the Pediatric Clinic of the local hospital. The opinion poll suggests that almost 38 percent of the children are read stories on a daily basis, while 95 percent hear at least three stories a week. Although parents are usually the narrators, teachers, grandparents and even DVDs are also a popular source for storytelling. Technology may have made an appearance in the narration stakes but it seems that the classic stories, such as «Little Red Riding Hood» and «Snow White» are still the most popular tales for eight in 10 parents to read to their children. The survey was compiled from answers to questionnaires submitted by 438 families on Kos.