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  1. Does sparing the rod spoil the child?

    Posted May 16th 2007, 12:00am by Benjamin Siu, Jocelyn Heng

    ... while teachers look on. All teachers can do is give verbal warnings. Parents are very protective of their children. They intervene if teachers punish them. This spoils the children ... Benjamin Siu, Jocelyn Heng Benjamin Siu, 17 St Joseph's College Yes. Corporal punishment has played a part in disciplining children for centuries. Canes used to be, and still ...

  2. Taking care of children is no job for amateurs

    Posted Jun 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... have no authority over the child. They are obliged to act as subservient handmaidens, and this spoils the child. Badly behaved primary school children can be seen regularly on our streets ... Paul Surtees healthpost@scmp.com With both parents working full time in many Hong Kong families, the question arises of who should take care of the children's upbringing and provide ...

  3. Policy has a big part to play in problem of 'unruly' children

    Posted Feb 21st 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Many letters and articles ('Lessons for carers of unruly children', February 18) suggest that too many children in Hong Kong are naughty, lack discipline, and are troublesome for both parents and teachers. Naturally, chief responsibility is placed on parents. This view misses the role of policies affecting children and parents. Many factors deeply contribute ...

  4. Holding children back a year can do more harm than good

    Posted Jun 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and spoil the last few weeks of primary school. If you still feel strongly about keeping him in primary school, approach the principal directly. Although educational research shows that children ... to consider this move. Remember also that the other children in his current primary school would know the situation and not all of them would understand. Children can be very cruel. There is no doubt ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong's brat pack needs good parenting

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Kelly Yang

    ... as a parent is that my children are spoiled and self-centred. To me, being kind and considerate trumps being successful. If, in 15 years, my children turn out to be mean and egotistical, it won't ... and bullying. This is devastating news. No matter what the end goal, spoiling children is a bad game plan. It doesn't make it any easier to get into top schools. It makes it a whole lot harder ...

  6. Parents and young children both need to learn the rules of behaviour

    Posted Aug 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... hysterically at the slightest upset, especially when she doesn't get her way. Amy fears Lily will become a spoiled child if she doesn't discipline her. 'I always pride myself on being a reasonable person, but I am running out of patience,' she says. Dealing with a child's behaviour is not just about discipline. Parents have to understand why their children act the way ...

  7. Children still suffer indignity, pain of the cane

    Posted Jun 12th 2009, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... that the 'spare the rod, spoil the child' school of thought has refused to die out. Although Malaysia has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which protects children from all forms ... Liz Gooch Says a 17-year-old boy cited in the United Nations 'World Report on Violence against Children': 'I have seen the harsh behaviour of teachers in schools ...

  8. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    A test of characters

    Posted Mar 19th 2013, 12:00am by Nora Tong

    ... Nora Tong life@scmp.com Dyslexia in Chinese children is of a different nature from that in Western children and requires a specialist approach characters Amy Li's heart aches whenever ... schoolwork. Like many children with dyslexia, Alex cannot read fluently, nor write to dictation even after putting in enormous effort. He omits or adds extra strokes to the characters when copying, ...

  9. Lifestyle - Family & Education - TECHNOLOGY

    Children using touch-screen technology

    Posted Jan 20th 2013, 12:00am by LY-ANN TAN

    ... Tan Ly-ann familypost@scmp.com Tablet technology is increasingly popular as a means of keeping young children occupied, but it presents risks along with advantages Screen of consciousness ... have taken off since the release of the first iPad. It's unlikely that tablet makers had toddlers in mind when they developed the gadgets, but young children have gravitated to the new ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Learning to break rules isn't all bad

    Posted Jan 09th 2013, 12:00am by Kelly Yang

    ... of The Kelly Yang Project, an after-school programme for children in Hong Kong. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard Law School. kelly@kellyyang.com ...




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