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Deb­bie Had­den, 36, mum to Lilly, 10, Ruby, eight, Con­nie, four, and Emily, five months, says, ‘Just a lit­tle shift in where you’re do­ing the read­ing could make all the dif­fer­ence. Kids as­so­ci­ate bed with sleep, and get­ting into bed al­ways makes me feel in­stantly more tired. Try read­ing your daugh­ter’s school books on the sofa, or on a bean­bag.’ Laura Stirk, 29, mum to Libby, nine, and Taylor, seven, says, ‘My ad­vice would be to read through the school book first and ask your child to follow the pic­tures. If you spot any tricky words, take the time to spell them out. Then ask her to read the book. She should find it eas­ier and more en­joy­able if she al­ready knows the story.’

Gemma Davies, 36, mum to Bun­nie, six, Abrey, four, and Lenny, two, says,

‘I have two kids in pri­mary school, and I find the per­fect time to do read­ing, or even spellings, is in the bath! It might sound daft, but my kids love this. You could also try it straight after her bath, as she’ll be nice and re­laxed.’

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