July 5, 2012

Once upon a time: The importance of bedtime stories

The more things change, the more they stay the same. In a world of instant information and unlimited entertainment, the bedtime story is still a ritual honored by parents around the world.


Bedtime stories aren’t just a sentimental habit—spending time with books before bed is important to your children’s development. Some of your most treasured childhood memories are probably those with your parents, sharing a tale or adventure from a book.

Stories are something you can build into your nighttime routine that calms your kids before lights out. Besides relaxing your little ones, stories help build language and listening skills. As well, one-on-one time lets your kids know that you’re setting time aside for them on a regular basis; time where your attention to them is undivided. For very young children, bedtime books help with creativity and learning colors and shapes. Older children can develop their reading and problem solving skills. Exposure to stories and words helps vocabulary, reading comprehension and empathy, communication, and logic. It’s also a great way to talk about morals and values.

Ultimately, the most wonderful thing about bedtime stories is spending time and bonding with your children. It’s a ripe opportunity to have discussions and share thoughts, dreams and fears.

Bolton’s fanciful and fun loft beds are sure to inspire imaginative nighttime tales, or choose from our lifestyle collections to find a big bed for family story time. So, snuggle up and read your favorite bedtime stories. You can also make them up or tell some of your own.

Goodnight and happy reading!



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