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Teach kids self-control, focus and how to manage emotions

These life skills help them do better in school and in life, says US childhood development expert

Sandra Davie, Senior Education Correspondent

It’s that time of the year when parents of children entering Primary 1 in January start fretting over whether their six-year-olds will be able to keep up with their peers in mathematics and English. Many, in a last-ditch effort, resort to enrolling their children in expensive Primary 1 preparatory classes or hiring private tutors.

This is a yearly ritual that plays out among parents around the world – from Singapore to New York, where early childhood development expert Ellen Galinsky is based.

She is most well known for the go-to book for parents she authored in 2010, Mind In The Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Continue reading …

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