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2012-10-19 12:10:32 AM  
tl;dr
 
2012-10-19 12:22:35 AM  
tl
 
2012-10-19 12:26:57 AM  
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Please children, scooch closer, don't make me tell you again about the scooching!
 
2012-10-19 12:59:55 AM  
Done in one.
 
2012-10-19 01:24:20 AM  
I wonder what could be contributing to the atten-OMFG!! look at Robert and Kristen kissing!! They really ARE back together!!!!
*GASP* OMG Vic looks SO HOT in that outfit!!


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2012-10-19 03:02:46 AM  
I know two families with children (well, several, but these two are the ones I am closest to). Both read to their children, sometimes at bedtime, sometimes during the day.

Mind you, these children also don't do much in the way of "screen-based activities such as watching TV, playing computer games and surfing the web" and are more likely to -- get this -- play outside with their friends, climb trees, build a fort, ride their bikes, get dirty, etc.

I think the problem is not that "a declining ability to concentrate is threatening children's enjoyment of reading", it's that parents are being helicoptery dumbasses who encase their kids in bubble wrap ... metaphorically speaking (I hope).
 
2012-10-19 05:01:13 AM  
I remember hearing a messed-up story a few years ago on NPR where a dad was evaluating iPad "stories" at bedtime with his daughter, and ended up concluding those were better because the shiny little movies and such entertained her for two hours. It was a bit WTF- of course now they've done studies that such "books" are just the same as movies for young children, doesn't make them want to read more.

I actually never really had the bedtime story thing done as a kid because like most Hungarian kids I had several dozen cassette tapes with fairy tales on them and my mom popped those in and we listened to them as we fell asleep. But you bet I got read to a lot and was a voracious bookworm- had I not been able to pay attention that long that's the first sign to ban the TV.

/is it really that hard for some parents?
 
2012-10-19 06:25:15 AM  
It's the Daily Mail. Nothing to see here, move along.
 
2012-10-19 06:27:58 AM  
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2012-10-19 06:30:51 AM  
 
2012-10-19 06:30:59 AM  
m-o-o-n. That spells "attention span."
 
2012-10-19 06:34:50 AM  
My kids still like them.
 
2012-10-19 06:35:04 AM  
A sad ending for the children's bedtime story: Declining attention spans AND LAZINESS IN PARENTS mean they could become a thing of the past 

Spend time with your kids rather than let a screen entertain them all the time and your kids will love to read.
 
2012-10-19 06:39:39 AM  
made me think of this.

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2012-10-19 06:41:09 AM  
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we're EARTHLINGS let's blow up EARTH THINGS!!
 
2012-10-19 06:42:37 AM  
I blame the stories. They used to be written well enough to hold anyone's attention!

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2012-10-19 06:44:11 AM  

Jon iz teh kewl: we're EARTHLINGS let's blow up EARTH THINGS!!


You know, for what it's worth, the Daily Mail could have reported that Cobra Commander and Destro had hatched a new plan to blow up the moon and I probably would have about the same reaction.
 
2012-10-19 06:44:35 AM  
Bedtime stories are dying out as children's attention spans shrink, a survey found today.

Reverse this. Attention spans are shrinking because parents find frenetic activities with which to preoccupy children rather than trying to nurture them with a little time, such as by reading. Read to children as early in their lives as possible and as often as is possible; from day one and twice a day would be great.
 
2012-10-19 06:45:34 AM  
In 1984, the company I worked for got it's first IBM pcs in the Accounting Dept., and i had the "honor" of being one of the first to use them. We mainly used them to generate spreadsheet-based reports, charts, and graphs.
By the time I had been working with them for a month, I formed the opinion that computers were going to turn us into a race of idiots - and nothing I have seen since has altered that view.
 
2012-10-19 06:48:01 AM  

jso2897: By the time I had been working with them for a month, I formed the opinion that computers were going to turn us into a race of idiots - and nothing I have seen since has altered that view.


That's a completely new and original viewpoint you have there.
 
2012-10-19 06:53:23 AM  
Just do not let kids watch TV or movies for the first 3-5 years of their life. I have no data to support my theory, but I blame TV and movies. Over the years the number of cuts per minute on TV shows and in movies has increased quite a bit, and I believe that that is leading to the short attention spans. Eliminate that during those key formative years of the brain and it might just reduce the problem of short attention spans of all those damned snow flakes.
 
2012-10-19 06:54:27 AM  
I read to my kids from such internet classics as "What White People Like" and a copy of a tranny manual just like Joe Biden will be looking at all the time and they love it.
 
2012-10-19 06:58:57 AM  
Its absolutely true because I read it in the Daily Mail.
 
2012-10-19 07:00:12 AM  
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RIP, Daphne Moon


/dnrta
 
2012-10-19 07:00:50 AM  
All three of my kids love bedtime stories, and playing games on their iPods, and tv, and riding bikes and getting dirty playing outside. We just make sure there is balance in all these activities and not let them dictate the time spent on each one.
 
2012-10-19 07:02:21 AM  
Guess I'm in the minority. My three-year old's routine is twenty minutes of 'Tom and Jerry' (one of the channels here shows it every night) whilst drinking warm milk then off to bed where I read her a story.

She's three though so despite having sets of Beatrix Potter and Mr Men books invariably requests either Peter Rabbit or Mr Nosey as if the others don't exist.

/so bored of Peter Rabbit >_
 
2012-10-19 07:02:41 AM  
We read constantly to both of our kids, and at teenagers, while they do a bit of typical screen time, they're still.......constantly reading. Every December is a big stack o'books to donate to the library, and while it costs to buy books, seems to be worth it.

....and my parents read to me, although James Whitcomb Riley's "Little Orphant Annie" scared the bejeebers out of me.

"Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you Ef you....Don't....Watch.......Out!"
 
2012-10-19 07:03:30 AM  
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R.I.P., Moon Unit
 
2012-10-19 07:04:01 AM  
Bedtime stories are dying out as children's attention spans shrink, parents can't be bothered to read them anymore.

Please. My kids have short attention spans for things they find boring. One of them is even ADHD-I (unmedicated) and dyslexic. And they watch tv and play video games. And both of them will sit for hours with a book. They've always loved stories. From a very early age they were loving not just kids' picture books, but more advanced chapter books at bedtime, a chapter a night, and they'd beg for more.

Get audiobooks, and play them when you drive. Fill your house with books. Make the library a place where you go regularly. Read in front of them. Read to them. Join parent-kid book clubs and read the books together. Talk about the latest books. They will become readers.

Kids want your time and attention. If you give it to them over the pages of a book, they will love books.
 
2012-10-19 07:11:18 AM  

namegoeshere: Please. My kids have short attention spans for things they find boring. One of them is even ADHD-I (unmedicated) and dyslexic. And they watch tv and play video games. And both of them will sit for hours with a book. They've always loved stories. From a very early age they were loving not just kids' picture books, but more advanced chapter books at bedtime, a chapter a night, and they'd beg for more.


I'm 35. I've had ADD all my life. I can tear through a 500 page book in a week or less in some cases. I frequently read and re-read things- noticing things I hadn't the first time around.

Always thought that "Attention Deficit Disorder" is a misnomer. I don't have a lack of attention. Quite the contrary, I have an over-abundance of attention. I often pick up on details "normal" people ignore. My attention "span" isn't short. It's fractured. Put all the bits of it together and I wouldn't be surprised if you get a span that is much longer than that of an average person.

My problem is that- under certain circumstances- I have trouble bending all of my available attention on one thing. I have a hard time focusing under certain circumstances, because bits of my consciousness get dragged away to other places quite easily, and often against my will.

I was never medicated for it. Instead I learned how my attention worked, what worked for it and against it. I established habits that help me sustain and get things done consistently.
 
2012-10-19 07:14:47 AM  

SkunkWerks: namegoeshere: Please. My kids have short attention spans for things they find boring. One of them is even ADHD-I (unmedicated) and dyslexic. And they watch tv and play video games. And both of them will sit for hours with a book. They've always loved stories. From a very early age they were loving not just kids' picture books, but more advanced chapter books at bedtime, a chapter a night, and they'd beg for more.

I'm 35. I've had ADD all my life. I can tear through a 500 page book in a week or less in some cases. I frequently read and re-read things- noticing things I hadn't the first time around.

Always thought that "Attention Deficit Disorder" is a misnomer. I don't have a lack of attention. Quite the contrary, I have an over-abundance of attention. I often pick up on details "normal" people ignore. My attention "span" isn't short. It's fractured. Put all the bits of it together and I wouldn't be surprised if you get a span that is much longer than that of an average person.

My problem is that- under certain circumstances- I have trouble bending all of my available attention on one thing. I have a hard time focusing under certain circumstances, because bits of my consciousness get dragged away to other places quite easily, and often against my will.

I was never medicated for it. Instead I learned how my attention worked, what worked for it and against it. I established habits that help me sustain and get things done consistently.


That's a good description of what she experiences.
 
2012-10-19 07:15:20 AM  
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2012-10-19 07:19:48 AM  
"One in four parents of young children admit they never read a bedtime story or only do so once every six months."

"Only half of parents said they read to their children every day.

"Some 17 per cent said they never read bedtime stories and eight per cent said they do every six months or less. More than four in 10 - 42 per cent - said they only read bedtime stories once a week or less. The survey also showed that a fifth of parents waited until their child was at least two years old before reading their first book to them."


Those quotes from the story say it all. These parents aren't even bothering to try. Kids at any age love listening to stories, as long as what you're reading is interesting.
 
zez
2012-10-19 07:23:48 AM  
Just read this one to my 4 year old yesterday afternoon

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We don't do "bedtime" stories around here mostly because the evenings are too rushed but since I'm a SAHD I've always read them a book before naptime, and since both boys could read before they were 3 and started easy chapter books by 4 or 5 there isn't a shortage of reading in my house.
 
2012-10-19 07:24:11 AM  
I can't remember kids ever having long attention spans. Anyone else think this is more a problem of parents with short attention spans than of kids?

::scans through above comments::

So we all agree then. That's what I thought.
 
2012-10-19 07:28:09 AM  
My wife and I read to our children every day. My daughter will turn 3 in November and is already reading some on her own. She reads about 6 of these short books in a row and then begs for more. She regularly asks about characters or situations in the books. It's obvious that she's n
 
2012-10-19 07:28:44 AM  

zez: but since I'm a SAHD


You has a sahd?

Can't blame you. This article gives me a sahd. But it's not the kids that give me it.

In all seriousness though, it's great that you still find the time to do it- no matter what time of the day it happens to be.
 
2012-10-19 07:28:56 AM  
My brother and SiL have twin 7 year olds and have limited them to 1 hour of "media" time a day (2-3 on a weekend day). Apparently they're also the only kids in their class that don't even have their own cell phones because my brother thinks if something happens the school would call them... you know. Like his school would call our dad if something happened. At least I can hold conversations with them. I usually hate interacting with kids but thanks to the lack of TV and internet time they have devoted their little lives to science, art and music (I know they're 7 but at least they like talking about bugs, basic chemistry and already know who Marc Chagall is). I attribute the whole "being interesting little human beings" thing to the fact that my brother and his wife were hyper aware about starting reading skills early and not wanting anything to do with Baby Einstein before it was uncool to bag on them.
 
2012-10-19 07:31:38 AM  
Eh, my nephew loves it when I read him bedtime stories. My niece is too old for that now, but she was the same way once upon a time. Maybe the author is just a bad parent?

/My sister and brother-in-law are excellent parents.
 
2012-10-19 07:34:26 AM  
Just turned on the tv for my kids so I can go back to bed after an all-night shift. Getting a kick.
 
2012-10-19 07:35:36 AM  
My wife and I read to our children every day. My daughter will turn 3 in November and is already reading some on her own. She reads about 6 of these short books in a row and then begs for more. She regularly asks about characters or situations in the books. It's obvious that she's not only paying attention, but actually gets it. She is allowed to watch TV, but not a lot; maybe 1 episode of Dora before bed, sometimes some clips on YouTube. I'm that guy that sends my kids outside to play and it still freaks me out that they are the only kids in the street that are ever playing in the yard. Anyway, my point is this: If this comment is too long for your attention span to handle, then you had lazy, inattentive parents. That's too bad for you. Please teach your children to read. When they get bored, teach them how to dig a hole with a stick.
 
2012-10-19 07:38:19 AM  

herrDrFarkenstein: Just turned on the tv for my kids so I can go back to bed after an all-night shift. Getting a kick.


If you're bed is kicking you, you might want to have a look at your mattress and make sure that it is not, in fact, a live horse.
 
2012-10-19 07:48:09 AM  
17% never read
8% read once every 6 months
42% once per week
half read every day

soooo. 117%. that seems legit.. right?
 
2012-10-19 07:50:01 AM  
I prefer the literary masterpiece
Go the F**k to Sleep

got it in my car from babysitting my friends kids.
They were all butthurt..we're too old for a bedtime story!
until I started reading...
 
2012-10-19 07:50:25 AM  

SkunkWerks: jso2897: By the time I had been working with them for a month, I formed the opinion that computers were going to turn us into a race of idiots - and nothing I have seen since has altered that view.

That's a completely new and original viewpoint you have there.


1984 is "new"?
Thanks. That makes me feel better! :)
 
2012-10-19 07:57:47 AM  

SkunkWerks: herrDrFarkenstein: Just turned on the tv for my kids so I can go back to bed after an all-night shift. Getting a kick.

If you're bed is kicking you, you might want to have a look at your mattress and make sure that it is not, in fact, a live horse.


I've actually mistaken a live horse for a mattress on several occasions.
 
2012-10-19 08:00:22 AM  
SkunkWerks:
Always thought that "Attention Deficit Disorder" is a misnomer. I don't have a lack of attention. Quite the contrary, I have an over-abundance of attention. I often pick up on details "normal" people ignore. My attention "span" isn't short. It's fractured. Put all the bits of it together and I wouldn't be surprised if you get a span that is much longer than that of an average person.

You're surprised a disorder with as much social baggage as ADD is misnamed? Could be worse, it used to be called "get beaten by nuns in school and eventually end up written off as a bad seed and undereducated disease".

And.. as much as I agree that babies and kids should have limited "screen time"... some mornings if I could just plunk her in front of Dora the Explorer long enough to get ready for work unhindered, I'd do it in a second, So lets not all get high and mighty about people not paying enough attention to their crotchfruit, please.
 
2012-10-19 08:06:13 AM  

No Such Agency: And.. as much as I agree that babies and kids should have limited "screen time"... some mornings if I could just plunk her in front of Dora the Explorer long enough to get ready for work unhindered, I'd do it in a second, So lets not all get high and mighty about people not paying enough attention to their crotchfruit, please


True confession time: One of mine used to wake up every day at Oh God Thirty. She would not go back to sleep. But give her a sippy cup of milk, put her in bed with me, and turn on Disney Channel or PBS Kids, and I could usually get another hour. So yes, I did.

She's just fine.
 
2012-10-19 08:11:53 AM  
I still read to my kids (not just at bedtime). Sometimes I have them read to me. Sometimes I just make up a story to tell them. They really like the stories, but I think it's because most of them are silly and funny. :)
 
2012-10-19 08:14:25 AM  
One of the greatest joys of being a parent is reading to your kids. What happened to this world?
 
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