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LETTERS: No lesson in later start


Re: Early to rise not necessarily wise, Feb. 6 letters.

This is in reply to the ‘loving mother’ who hates to wake her teenagers up on dark, cold mornings to get to school.

She would like the school board to change the start times so that her children could have another hour’s sleep.

There is an easy, old-fashioned way to let them get their sleep quota; it’s called going to bed earlier.

Also, bedtime should not include TV-watching, and there should be no phones, iPads and other sleep-stealing devices in the bedroom.

By carrying out this easy home remedy, she would save the school board millions of dollars and not incur the wrath of thousands of parents.

Perhaps the letter-writer could put things in perspective by reminding her teenagers that 100 years ago, when this wonderful country was being created, teenagers had to get up before dawn to do chores to help the family and then walk miles to school in all weathers. No warm cars or big yellow school buses to make life easy.

The greatest lessons children can learn and take with them through life are those taught at home. Your children are part of this world but the world does not revolve around them.

K. Kent, Surrey



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