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I want my daughters to pick up the habit of reading quality newspapers

Published on Aug 4, 2014 1:05 PM

On most days, my copy of The Straits Times at home is little more than dog-eared. But on a good day - which happens mostly on the weekends - it ends up in a mess.

That's how I can tell if my daughters have gone through it. Their reading habit is to divvy up the newspaper and detach pages that interest them. By the time they are done, the paper is all jumbled up, with pages running haphazardly.

The untidiness irks my wife to no end but I welcome every shred of reading time that they spend on the newspaper.

Getting Yanrong, 12, and Yanbei, 10, to read newspapers has been a challenge.

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