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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