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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ROOKIE MUM

    Rookie Mum: Balloons are a child's-eye view of a balanced lifestyle

    Posted Jan 06th 2013, 12:00am by Angharad Hampshire

    ... is why my husband's employer, Barclay's, holds an annual "bring your children to work" day. Confounding my usual cynicism, it proves to be a brilliant event. When we arrive, the party room is filled with balloons and long tables where the older children are painting. There's not a computer terminal or video-conferencing machine in sight (but more of that later). ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1119822/rookie-mum-balloons-are-childs-eye-view-balanced
  2. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ROOKIE MUM

    Rookie mum: why do other mothers seem superior?

    Posted Sep 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Angharad Law

    ... Angharad Hampshire life@scmp.com Pay no heed to the mothers superior Ever since I became a mum for the first time about two years ago, I have been astounded at how well other women with children manage their lives. My respect for parents, and mums, in particular, has gone through the roof. My self-respect, on the other hand, has got a bit wobbly. Is it just me, or do nearly all ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1301923/rookie-mum-why-do-other-mothers-seem-superior
  3. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ROOKIE MUM

    Rookie Mum: what to do when your toddler starts biting others

    Posted Jul 09th 2013, 12:00am by Angharad Hampshire

    ... gnashers out. Is this a phase all children go through? That hasn't been the experience of Lesley Pears, co-founder of educational playgroup Stay & Play by Mummy Made This. "Some children do go through it and some not at all," she says. "I have two little girls, four and two years old, and they have both been through it." Pears recommends assessing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1278022/rookie-mum-what-do-when-your-toddler-starts-biting-others
  4. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ROOKIE MUM

    Rookie Mum: time with grandparents

    Posted Jan 20th 2013, 12:00am by Angharad Law

    ... to my mum, pointing out trees and birds in the park. But for those of us who live in Hong Kong as expatriates, the question of how to build a meaningful relationship between our children ... be such a gift to children. They generally have more time and patience to hear a child's stories, to do special activities or to simply be present for a child doing what children do best- playing. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1131037/rookie-mum-time-grandparents
  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ROOKIE MUM

    It's high time parents voiced their concerns about pollution

    Posted Feb 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Angharad Law

    ... and I to compromise our well-being, but it's quite another to jeopardise that of two small children. After more than two decades campaigning to improve the air quality here, Anthony Hedley, a Hong Kong ... medical science literature shows that the evidence, from large-scale population studies and clinical and health services research, points to increased health care needs for children who breathe ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1141155/its-high-time-parents-voiced-their-concerns-about
  6. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ROOKIE MUM

    Not on your Nellie: perils of the baby-naming game

    Posted Apr 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Angharad Hampshire

    ... up with a name. At the time, I thought this was bizarre. How could they not have already chosen one before she was born? I assumed that when I had children, I'd pick a boy's name ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1204715/not-your-nellie-perils-baby-naming-game
  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ROOKIE MUM

    Rookie Mum: sibling jealousy

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by Angharad Hampshire

    ... Angharad Hampshire familypost@scmp.com How to reduce sibling rivalry following the birth of a new child Recently, we held a children's party, which was a great success. However, one person seemed a little less than enthralled by the event- my 18-month-old son, Tom. All of a sudden his house was full of other children, all of whom were playing with his toys. On top of this, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1156158/rookie-mum-sibling-jealousy
  8. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ROOKIE MUM

    Dancing helps develop a child's imagination

    Posted Nov 18th 2012, 12:00am by Angharad Hampshire

    ... the importance of the body in terms of human development. The language of music provides a lot of nutrition to our human expression." Chu gives an example of how she teaches children the concept of time through long and short notes: she gets the children to walk like elephants for the long notes and mice for the short notes. "Children need to develop their creative potential ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1083957/dancing-helps-develop-childs-imagination
  9. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ROOKIE MUM

    From gurgles to giggles: the development of humour

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 12:00am by Angharad Hampshire

    ... it's the funniest thing ever. "Laughter is important for children for many reasons but particularly for language development," says Jacqueline Gerard, a speech therapist at Southside ... more complete jokes at around four to five years. Typically, children five years and older can manipulate language so that others find humour in what they say." Until then, the baby ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1074645/gurgles-giggles-development-humour
  10. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ROOKIE MUM

    Rookie Mum: Sleep deprivation

    Posted Sep 30th 2012, 12:00am by Angharad Hampshire

    ... of mine whose two children woke frequently at night hired a nanny, Gail Johnson. I call her out of desperation. "Sleep problems are usually unintentionally created by parents who think they are doing good by their child," says Johnson. "Children learn by the standards parents set." I know that I am guilty of two very bad habits: if Tom wakes in the night I give him milk ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1049489/rookie-mum-sleep-deprivation

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