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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 April, 2006, 12:00am

Let's celebrate childhood

Was your childhood joyful? Most of you would nod. But was your childhood the best period of your life?

Children do not have to think much as they are always happy because they are 'ignorant'. They like new things and experiences, no matter whether they are sensible or not.

Happiness and enjoyment mean a good time because the greatest meaning of life is happiness and enjoyment.

Most adults know more than children and gain experience with age. But they have many responsibilities.

The world becomes complicated and they argue, so you could not say their life is better than a child's.

I believe childhood is the best period of one's life, when everyone does the most exciting and enjoyable things.

Carol Yu

Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

Keep cool, keep calm

Controlling emotions depends on how high our Emotional Quotient is.

If someone's EQ is low their emotions will go up and down, affecting their daily life and academic performance.

So how can we control our emotions? Pressure can accumulate, and if it gets too much our emotions run wild and it can affect our physical well-being.

I take time to relax and try to forget annoying things.

It's also important not to set expectations too high because it will cause anxiety. Simply doing your best is enough.

Mui Ka-ho

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Higher cigarette tax a good thing

I'm writing about increasing tobacco tax to deter smokers.

This would be a good move. Smoking and passive smoking is bad for our health.

I feel annoyed whenever smokers blow smoke my way and I have nowhere to hide.

While a ban in restaurants won't help reduce smoke on the street, a higher tax would mean smokers trying to cut back. It would also deter curious youngsters.

The government is doing a good job to deter people from smoking and I hope one day the air will be free from cigarette smoke.

Flora Yu

Methodist College

Honestly, it pays to tell the truth

Honesty is precious. Most people lie to their parents, teachers and friends. They may think it's no big deal. But actually it will hurt someone.

Many people tell lies to satisfy their needs. For example, children may tell their parents they need money for some reason, such as paying an activity fee at school, when in fact they are using the money to buy something or go to a game arcade.

When someone lies to you you will feel disappointed and angry and the friendship will wither. You will not be able to trust that person again.

Nicole Suen

Law Ting Pong Secondary School

Let parents in on your feelings

Sharing is the key to good family relationships. My parents used to treat me like a child. I did not co-operate with them and I met their comments with silence. It only made the situation worse.

One day we had a big fight but came to realise what each other thought.

It's important to let our parents know how we feel. If you just do what they say but remain unhappy inside, the hatred grows and one day it will explode and things will be worse.

Find a way to share your thoughts. You can mention things in a casual way when watching TV together, for example.

Never hide your feelings from your parents because they do care and don't mean to hurt you.

Kit Chan Chun-kit

Kwai Chung Methodist College

Think positive

I think many youngsters lack confidence.

If you think you can, you should tell yourself you can. If you want to build up confidence, you should take part in competitions, like singing and public speaking. If you want to make your dreams come true, you must be confident.


Lok Sin Tong Yu Kan Hing Secondary School

Testing times

Tests and exams can let us know what standard we have achieved.

Before a test, we have to do a lot of revision and we get nervous.

After the test we feel free and can relax, but then we are worried about our results.

The important thing is that we have tried our best so we will not have regrets.

Cherry Leung, Vicki Lok, May Ng and Chloe Sham

DMHC Siu Ming Catholic Secondary School