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Child Welfare


5 Study Habit Tips for Your Child

Is there a need for a conducive place to study? Is there an ideal time to study? Is there a need for a tutor?
It has been a common trend nowadays to hire tutors once difficulties in studying arise. This may be the easy option but only if money isn’t an issue. But for average earning families, this may just be another problem they have yet to solve, on top of all other financial concerns.

We often hear actual stories of child achievers from primary to collegiate levels who have practiced simple study habits. Parents everywhere visualize their children doing the same, if not more.

There goes a saying “Teach your child the way he should go and he will not depart from it”. This biblical wisdom also applies in this advocacy. If given notice, every parents’ dream of having an achiever in the family can become a reality as well.

Here are simple tips parents might give a try to inculcate successful study habits in their children:

1. Having a “Learned” Attitude
Be an example. Every child is very keen on their observations at home. Parents, especially mothers are the first teachers of every child. If one of the parents is fond of reading books before retiring at night, expect that the child will mimic their ways even at a tender age. What started as just a mimicking of behaviour might just increase a child’s comprehension and reading skills. Without knowing it, the child reaches for the book on his own, without modelling the parents.

2. Establish a routine
One hour every night of regular reading is enough. Prolonged study time may not be healthy for kids, and even for adults as well.

Encourage your child to make it a habit to read lessons for at least an hour before going to bed. You have to make sure that the child doesn’t merely memorize stuff from school, or else comprehension will be quite low. Establish this routine in a cumulative manner. That is, Monday lessons should still be read on top of Tuesday lessons. Same goes with Wednesday lessons and so forth. This keeps subject matter fresh in the kid’s mind, engraving it deeper with practice.

Encourage children to just read and understand the lessons, don’t pressure them. After a while, you’ll see progress in academic performance.

3. Conducive environment
If we have a student at home, it is a must to provide a space conducive for study in our homes. Most study nooks are in kid’s bedrooms, to minimize distractions and keep noise to a minimum if none at all. Adequate lighting also encourages good studying.

4. Be Consistent
If the child from his learned attitude to his routine study continues to persist, such consistency will benefit him at as easy pace during his primary school up to collegiate levels, thus creating the right attitude. Furthermore, parents especially mothers, should support their child to be consistent in his readings every night.

5. Encourage time management
With a regular reading time at night, the child will form the habit even amidst school activities and home life. The child will have time for play, time for study and time for rest. Of course, with the supervision of parents, the child will soon learn to manage his or her time, compartmentalizing activities accordingly, even at a young age.


Understanding Child Abuse

Here in Singapore, child abuse cases rose in 2012. There were 247 suspected child abuse cases in 2012 which was a lot higher compared to the 176 child abuse cases in 2008. According to MSF (Social and Family Development Ministry), child abuse traverses race, education of the parents/caregivers and household income.


Because of the rising cases, a committee is created. Family Justice Committee made recommendations so that teachers, lawyers and doctors can spot victims of child abuse and family violence. Apart from the committee, MSF provided counsellors in every school too. MSF identified different forms of abuse – physical neglect and emotional abuse.

The society should understand child abuse. While there are parents who think they are only disciplining the child, they need to know the distinction between it. The change should begin in the home, not outside. If you are a parent, you should change your reactions for the sake of your child. Here are some ways on how you can change your reactions:

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1. Learn to control emotions. There are parents who are not successful at controlling their emotions. When their children commit something (or even if they do not), emotions burst. It is important that you learn to control your emotions.

2. Identify what is age appropriate. Some parents do not realize the age of their children. Parents expect that children behave like adults but they are not adults. Parents should learn how to identify age appropriate tasks or behaviour so they will not be angered and frustrated at all times.

3. Develop new set of parenting skills. Learning to control your emotions is a good start but it does not end there. You have to develop new set of parenting skills for your children. You can begin by learning different but appropriate discipline approaches or techniques.

4. Get professional help. If you want to break the cycle of abuse but you find it hard to do so, it is time that you get professional help. There is nothing wrong if you get professional help. You should do this while it is not too late for your children.