The morn­ing rush

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Bed­time

Get­ting your child to have a set bed­time can be an or­deal of sorts. But it’s cru­cial to in­stil the habit – chil­dren who have a good night’s sleep func­tion bet­ter in school. “Par­ents should make it clear that bed­time is non­nego­tiable,” says Jan­ice Wan, psy­chother­a­pist from Al­liance Pro­fes­sional Coun­selling LLP.

Your child should hit the sack at around the same time ev­ery night and clock in at least eight hours’ sleep, although 10 hours is the ideal. Keep the same bed­time on week­ends too, to save the painful ad­just­ments on Sun­day night. To pre­vent a mad rush ev­ery morn­ing, prep the night be­fore: Pin badges and name tags on uni­forms. Lay out clean socks. Learn Ju­nior’s timetable by heart – does he have to wear his PE at­tire the next day? Does he have art or mu­sic lessons, and need to take along the rel­e­vant ma­te­ri­als? En­sure th­ese are ac­counted for, along with the daily bag-pack­ing.

Make it a habit to ask your child ev­ery day if there are school memos he needs you to sign, pay­ments to make, homework or changes in sched­ule to take note of, say, when the school cel­e­brates Chi­nese New Year and he doesn’t have to bring all his books.

It’s also use­ful to note how much time your child needs to get ready for school. Some kids are able to get up and go, so they can have a few min­utes of ex­tra sleep. Oth­ers take awhile to get mov­ing, and need an ear­lier call time.

Al­ways set aside enough time for break­fast – it helps make them feel more alert and ready to leave for school. “Avoid hav­ing your child eat his or her break­fast in the car,” says Dr Lim Boon Leng, con­sul­tant psy­chi­a­trist from Gle­nea­gles Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

A space of his own

“Des­ig­nate an area where your kids can work with­out get­ting dis­tracted,” Jan­ice sug­gests. Have his back to the TV, make sure there’s good light­ing, and that the desk and chair are com­fort­able.

The space should be well stocked with sup­plies like pens,

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