TRAIN YOUR KIDS
There are ways to get your kids to do things faster – really! – from eating to getting dressed and going to bed. Pick up tips from these mums.
“My daughter, Ava, hates taking medicine. But she’s turning three and learning to recognise colours. So I get her to identify the colour of her medication and name other items of the same colour. She also likes playing with the syringe so I ll another one with water for her to squirt into her mouth after her medicine.” – Rina Oh, 31, programme executive “When I want to take my son, Kyrian, who’s almost two, out, I get changed rst – seeing me getting ready makes him eager to get dressed too. I speed up the process by taking out two pairs of shorts and tees for him to choose from. This way, he gets to pick his own outt yet won’t take too long to do so.” – Suzi Tan, 31, purchasing supervisor “To get my threeyear-old son, Jayvin, to sit still and eat quickly, I’ve told him to pretend that each mouthful of food is a candle – if he blows on it before eating, it’s like blowing out candles on a birthday cake. He’s fascinated by the idea, and eats up in 15 minutes.” – Celine Tang, 33, sales executive “My three-year-old daughter, Eryn, loves playing pretend. If she bargains for more TV time before bed, my husband pretends to be a crane (Eryn loves Bob the Builder) and picks her up to go brush her teeth, or we’ll make a chair by interlocking our arms beneath her (she’s the princess on her throne). When she’s done washing up, we turn off the lights in the toilet so it becomes a ‘dark tunnel’. Then, my husband pretends to be a scary bear, and Eryn will run through the ‘tunnel’ to her bedroom and jump into bed so the scary bear doesn’t beat her to it.” – Lynn Tan, 36, architect “When my son Josh was young, I turned keeping his educational DVDs into a game by asking him to arrange them on the shelf by height, alphabetical order or colour. It got him to cultivate the habit of picking up after himself.” – Georgina Wong, 40something, owner of Asian Professional Organisers “My elder son, Elijah, eight, has to be in bed by 8pm – he tosses and turns for an hour before he falls asleep. If he dilly-dallies, my husband and I tell him that he may wake up late and miss the school bus. Then, he will have to take the public bus himself, as we have to go to work and can’t take him.” – Kathleen Chan, 37, senior designer “I often need to remind my kids – Shayden, four, and Sheriss, two – to put away their toys. But I make it fun by singing made-up songs like Everybody Tidy Up (to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down). That makes them want to join in and put away their own things too – it doesn’t take them more than ve minutes to get moving now.” – Joanne Li, 30, financial services consultant