Mom’s Corner: My 5-year-old wants to sleep every time I ask him to study; What should I do?

At the age of up to 5 years, it can be difficult to get your young person to study. He or she may come up with excuses to get away from it and may lack enthusiasm to study.

Here’s what a doctor has to say.

My 5-year-old wants to sleep every time I ask him to study. Does he introduce it just to get away with studies, or does he feel really sleepy?

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If it happens on a daily basis, chances are it is his body clock that is asking him to sleep when you get him to study. If he sleeps straight when you ask him to stop, he may not act and may feel really sleepy. But if he’s wide awake after you release him, he might just use it as an excuse to get away from sleep.

What should I do?

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Try to make changes to your boy’s schedule. Make sure he gets plenty of sleep. Change study time. If it is shortly after lunch, he may feel lazy and not study at all. Push it towards evening or just before he gets his snacks. Also give him proper time to sleep in the afternoon if he wants to. The study must feel like play for young children, otherwise they lose interest and it is difficult to get them to study. Use innovative ways to teach him and get help from picture and edutainment toys. If none of that helps, start by getting him to study for 10 minutes and increase the time gradually. Never scold your child if he is not studying, this can make him stubborn. Explain to him the importance of education, and let him go if he insists, and ask when he will study next. But do not make it a habit, this should only be done when the child is determined not to study.

Input by: Dr. Prakriti Poddar, mental health expert and director, Poddar Wellness.

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