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Disney research shows that busy parents are struggling to find the time for storytelling so they recently launched the Winnie the Pooh Storytelling Academy. The Academy is an online resource offering a wide range of tips, tricks and guidance designed to show modern parents how both traditional and modern multimedia storytelling techniques can help them achieve a rich, shared family story time experience whether at home or away.
I have wonderful memories of both my parents reading to me when I was a child and spent hours reading to my own son when he was little. However new research reveals that only thirty percent of the UK parenting population read to their children every day, despite over half of parents surveyed saying storytelling time enables them to spend quality time with their children. Lack of confidence in storytelling may be to blame, as over one third of parents and grandparents wish they were better storytellers. The UK male population appear to be most lacking in confidence with only fifty-seven percent rating themselves as ‘good’ story tellers, compared to sixty-seven percent of the women polled. One potential reason for this was that the women in this survey were read to more when they were children (fifty-eight percent of women compared to forty-four percent of men).
Disney has brought together a panel of storytelling experts to form the Winnie the Pooh Storytelling Academy, They include broadcaster and mum of two, Zoe Ball, child psychologist Emma Kenny, and Disney’s Justine Finch. With tips on sharing family story time at home, on the go, and from afar, the Winnie the Poor Storytelling Academy can help with ways to share story time even if grandparents live abroad or parents are traveling for work.
Zoe Ball, TV and Radio presenter and mother of two comments: “I am a great believer in the magic of bedtime stories and hope that the Winnie the Pooh Storytelling Academy will inspire other parents. When I was young my dad would enthusiastically read tales of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and friends to me, and put on daft voices to really bring the story to life. These are memories which I treasure and now I can share those special bedtime stories with my own children.”
“Disney has a rich heritage in bringing to life the tales of Winnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, and bringing stories to life is something we want to encourage UK parents to do. We set up the Winnie the Pooh Storytelling Academy as a valuable online resource where parents and grandparents who face storytelling challenges such as a lack of confidence or distractions can go to pick up tips and tricks from our panel of experts,” comments Justine Finch, Winnie the Pooh expert at Disney. “In this hyper-connected world we want to help them to keep the art of storytelling alive for the next generation via a whole host of media like iPad apps, audio books and the traditional hardback, to create memorable shared family experiences.”
So if time is proving an issue, travel is interfering with story time or you are not feeling confident about reading to your child, check out the Winnie the Pooh Storytelling Academy for practical, useful ideas to make story time easy, fun and relaxing for everyone – including you!
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