Reading a bedtime story to your child is pretty important. It helps them recognize pictures, words, and will let them hear your voice right before they drift off to sleep. You get to know they’re sleeping peacefully, and they feel safe as they snooze. Of course, there are a lot of busy parents on the go who don’t get to spend as much time with their kids. Oftentimes they feel guilty, and try to find ways to make up for it.
While some ideas will help you and your kid stay close even if you’re far away, things like the Sparkup Reader will not. This will read your child’s bedtime story to them at a set speed with a professional voice actor reading it aloud. Of course, the idea is that you are supposed to record your own voice, or someone who your child knows so they can hear something familiar. The pitch is that this will help with reading skills, but it will really only make lazy parents lazier. Why record your own voice when you can download a more professional version with sound effects from their store? Not feeling up to story time? Pull out the Sparkup and have someone else do it. This is going to cost you $60, and it would be better spent on an item that will actually help them with reading rather than reading at them.