Annie Ho

Books can bring out the best in children

Books can bring out the best in children

Few parents are ever completely satisfied with their children. When my children were born extremely premature, all I wanted was for them to come home in good health. When they came home in good health, I wished for them to be more outgoing in new environments.

Sunday, 23 September, 2012, 10:20am

Munsch's twisted tales an acquired taste

He's subversive, raucous, and unexpected. Canadian children's author Robert Munsch is not for everyone. Although I'm a big fan, I don't recommend him to all my friends because I worry that some may not appreciate the fact that none of the children in his stories make very good role models.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

It's Hong Kong beyond our wildest imagination

I'm in day seven of our staycation over the children's two-week school holiday. I'm see-sawing between exhaustion from an overdose of quality time with the kids and boredom from all the extra time on our hands. The kids are having fun with the make-believe games they are playing at home, but I can tolerate only so many consecutive days of pretend tea-time.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Never a doll moment for children of hyper-parents

Over-scheduling - filling a child's every waking moment with a planned activity - is a way of life in Hong Kong. Interestingly, this is not limited to dual-income families, in which parents think that it's better to have their children take a lesson and learn something tangible, than to leave them alone with a caregiver.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Fifty years of bears and graces

Even those who have not read any of the stories in the Berenstain Bears series will easily recognise this family of bears from Bear Country.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Books without words can be perfect for developing storytelling

I recently attended a read-aloud training workshop in a community centre on the other side of town, where the participants were primarily mothers from low-income families. A question came up from a mother regarding her own reading skills.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Enjoy the best of a bird situation

Parents with children of different ages often ask me what books will appeal to all of them. Some parents allow their children to each select a storybook, while others have separate read-aloud sessions with each child.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Some books are for reading, others for shelf esteem

Someone once wrote that as soon as you buy a book that you have no intention of reading, you move from reader to collector. Unfortunately, this doesn't quite apply to my collecting children's books because I always have the intention that either I will read or re-read it, or I will read it aloud to my children, and/or my children will someday read it themselves.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Life isn't fair so read it and weep

A New Year's Reunion by Yu Liqiong is one of my favourite books and my daughter's, as well.

It is the story of Maomao, a little girl in China spending Lunar New Year with her parents and friends.

Her father is a migrant worker who returns home only once a year.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

When it's reading aloud time, let your child dictate the pace

What's great about reading aloud as a family activity is that minimal skill is required. Some parents are engaging storytellers; some are not. The joy that children derive is not from how well their parents read, but the fact that they are cuddling them and spending time with them.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The magic of the spoken word

Hong Kong is very results-oriented and no more so than when it comes to early childhood education. Many parents go to great lengths to get their child into just the right school, even if it means enrolling their preschoolers in something like harp lessons to pad a primary school admissions application.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Seriously funny

ANNIE HO NIM-CHEE is a woman of many faces. In supermarkets she is one of dozens of frenzied housewives fighting for fresh fish for dinner. At home, she is a mother dealing with her 18-month-old son's dirty nappies. At work, she is a clinical psychologist, normally dressed in a suit, who probes patients' minds.

29 Sep 2003 - 12:00am