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Sleep is one of those things you take for granted un­til you be­come a par­ent. Be­fore kids, I was a heavy sleeper who loved to lie in un­til 10am on week­ends.

When I be­came a par­ent, I some­how de­vel­oped se­lec­tive “bionic” hear­ing that al­lowed me to hear my baby’s cries from the next room in the mid­dle of the night, or the sound of ur­gent foot­steps at 2am as my anx­ious lit­tle preschooler ran across the hall­way and into my bed (again).

As par­ents, we’ve got­ten used to sleep de­pri­va­tion

– if it’s not wak­ing up for night feeds, it’s tak­ing your fev­er­ish kid’s tem­per­a­ture at 4am or deal­ing with their night ter­rors.

But lack of sleep in chil­dren is some­thing you should be con­cerned about, be­cause it af­fects ev­ery­thing from at­ten­tion span to mem­ory. And the list of sleep sabo­teurs now ex­tends to gad­gets as well as bub­ble tea – we’re not kid­ding. Turn to page 36 to find out more.

We also kick off our new preschool se­ries with a look at bilin­gual preschools. How do you choose the right one for your lit­tle one? Are schools with na­tive speak­ers, or two lan­guage teach­ers in one class, bet­ter? We have the an­swers on page 58.

En­joy this is­sue!

Stephanie Yeo Ed­i­tor

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