Find activities that children can do on their own as well as those that allow for parent-child interaction, such as puzzles and building blocks.
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If the child’s grandparents are his caregivers, consider the activities the grandparents enjoy doing (such as going to the wet market) and suggest that the grandparents do these activities with the child.
Take toys and books to the grandparents’ residence for the child.
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If a domestic helper is the child’s caregiver, set a routine for her and make it clear that the child is not allowed to watch TV.
Offer alternatives or toys to the child, or ask the helper to take the child to a nearby playground every day.
Information is provided by parenting specialist Sarah Chua from Focus On The Family Singapore and Dr Yang Chien-Hui, senior lecturer at SIM University’s School of Human Development and Social Services.
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times