83% of parents read less than their 11-and-under children, new study finds

Parents have such little time to relax that they read fewer books than their own children, new research commissioned by author Giuseppe Cafiero reveals.

Eight-in-10 mums and dads say their work-life balance is so “one-sided” that their kids of primary school age read more literature than they do.

Only 56 per cent find the time to read for pleasure because of work commitments and a round-the-clock “email dependency”.

Of those, two-thirds struggle to read more than a few pages every night and finish fewer than 12 paperbacks per year.

Their children, by contrast, complete at least 10 times as many books thanks to reading lessons, homework and bedtime stories.

Cafiero, a client of author PR agency Palamedes, is the author of more than 10 novels focused on the lives of great writers and artists, including Gustave Flaubert: The Ambiguity of Imagination and Mário De Sá-Carneiro: The Ambiguity Of A Suicide.

Speaking of the study’s findings, he said: “Clearly, the huge work and financial pressure that parents are under is taking its toll and preventing them from relaxing or having any kind of ‘me’ time.”

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