Pa­per clut­ter

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pa­per, ref­er­ence books and dic­tio­nar­ies. But it should be largely un­clut­tered – a messy desk can be dis­tract­ing. Have a clock nearby as well as a per­son­alised cal­en­dar so your child can keep track of his own sched­ule.

From school no­tices to work­sheets, the pa­per stream can get out of hand very quickly, es­pe­cially if you have more than one child. Arm your­self with la­belled fold­ers and con­tain­ers – at least once a fort­night, sort through what needs to be filed and throw the rest away.

Get your child to file away all his work­sheets as a habit, and em­pha­sise that he’ll need them for exam re­vi­sion later on. This in­stils in him a sense of own­er­ship, and de­vel­ops his or­gan­i­sa­tional skills.

The home sched­ule

play, chil­dren can con­trol their own ac­tions, solve their own prob­lems, in­ter­act with their play­mates and learn to fol­low rules.”

En­sure that your child has enough time for un­struc­tured forms of play – such as cy­cling, na­ture walks, ball games and more – in his sched­ule. Struc­tured ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, such as dance or pi­ano lessons, should not oc­cupy all his leisure time.

The par­ent­teacher re­la­tion­ship

Praise hard work

Don’t for­get to praise Ju­nior, as this can help him build self-es­teem and con­fi­dence. But give praise not for good re­sults, but for the hard work that went into a task. “This helps your child to un­der­stand that ef­fort is more im­por­tant,” Dr Lim says.

Dis­pense praise only when it is well-de­served. Jan­ice cau­tions: “Some­times, too much praise can back­fire, es­pe­cially when it is in­sin­cere, or makes kids afraid to take risks for fear of not be­ing able to earn the praise again.”

You should also re­frain from prais­ing and crit­i­cis­ing your child in one breath. “This will dis­count your praise and con­fuse your child,” Jan­ice ex­plains.

Homework

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