Routines get dropped during the holidays – and rightly so. But to ensure your child gets off to a good start for the new half year, it might be a good idea to get back into the school bedtime routine a few days before school starts. This way, your child will feel better, perform better at school and be less grumpy. Be firm about your child’s protests about not needing sleep. Tell your child sleep is the time bodies grow and repair.
Children in Singapore are often short on sleep. Children vary in their needs but most six- to seven-year-olds need at least nine hours of sleep at night. Lack of sleep is linked to obesity and inattention at school. Remove all electronic devices from the child’s room.