Pupils ‘name-dropping their mothers in short stories’

It’s a generation with unprecedented access to pop stars, actors, sportsmen and TV presenters. But it appears that today’s children still look much closer to home when it comes to finding inspiration.

An analysis of more than 90,000 short stories written by under-13s from across Britain has found that their mothers feature more heavily in their work than any other character.

Research by Oxford University Press found that mums were “far and away” the most popular object of children’s stories this year.

According to figures, the word – in its various forms and regional variations such as “mom” and “mam” – was featured more than 115,000 times.

Mothers comfortably outscored fathers, with figures showing that dads barely crept into the top 15 most featured terms.

However, the study showed that fathers were often portrayed in the “action man” role in several of the best-written stories – fighting aliens, blowing things up and even building a time machine.



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