TRAIN YOUR KIDS

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Beauty News -

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 outt 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

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