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Slovenly habits have no place in Hong Kong, especially our own

Rubbish strew from a fallen garbage bin on Shek O Beach after the New Year. Photo: Antony Dickson

So, some of us take exception to mainland visitors and their habits. A photo doing the rounds last week of a mainland child defecating on the floor of Kaohsiung airport in Taiwan said it all for those who think in terms of "them" and "us".

Tuesday, 5 February, 2013, 2:41am 1 comment

How to grab the bully by the horns

Illustration: Corbis

Young children's friends are the people they play with most. These children become familiar and predictable. Later, by four years of age, children start to select friends who match their developmental skills, their activity levels and their temperament. This is the beginning of true reciprocal friendship.

11 Nov 2012 - 9:57am

Dealing With Kids And Tantrums

Dealing With Kids And Tantrums

There are so many negative nicknames these days in Hong Kong - for both parents and children. There are tiger mums, but also helicopter parents, eagle fathers, and monster parents. 

28 Oct 2012 - 3:25pm

Up Close & Personal: toy guns

Up Close & Personal: toy guns

When I was pregnant with our firstborn, my husband and I decided on a number of parenting guidelines. Some, like no smacking, were agreed upon without much needing to be said. Others needed to be more clearly spelled out, specifically by me to my husband. He called them "the regulations".

28 Oct 2012 - 3:30pm

Are you getting enough?

Good communication and variety can forestall sexual problems. Photo: Corbis

Are you getting enough sex? Perhaps not.

16 Oct 2012 - 10:16am

New York model to fight teen pregnancy not best for Hong Kong

The thought of Hong Kong fighting teenage pregnancy by following New York's example of handing out morning-after birth control pills to high school girls as young as 14 is difficult to consider. Sex is an awkward subject for most schools and parents in our conservative society and young people are often left to find out about the finer points for themselves.

4 Oct 2012 - 5:32am 1 comment

Huge changes in mainland's sexual attitudes

Huge changes in mainland's sexual attitudes

Richard Burger suggests a sexual reawakening has long been under way on the mainland, with a rapidly altering sexual landscape filled with unmarried sexual partners, flourishing sex shops, mistresses and an increasingly wifeless generation of young men.

30 Sep 2012 - 3:48pm

Hong Kong lagging region on breastfeeding statistics

The Hong Kong Committee for Unicef applauds and commends the efforts made by Lisa Milliner as described in her letter ("Hospital out of touch on breastfeeding", August 24).

30 Aug 2012 - 2:40am

App of the week: Sex Drive

App of the week: Sex Drive

Sex Drive


Rating 5/10 Doctors may have seen it all before, but most people prefer a more private way to "cure" a less-than-spectacular sex life. Phone apps can provide a way to do your research without leaving telltale histories on your computer. Just be careful not to give the phone to your kids.

28 Aug 2012 - 6:11pm


Put on a brave face and drive off bullies

There are bullies in every school and the bullying victims we hear about are only the tip of the iceberg. We cannot imagine the actual numbers.

Bullying can have far-reaching consequences. It can put victims in a constant state of fear even when they grow up.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:08pm

Men about the house

Terry Chan Wai-nok drew satisfaction from his work as a school administrator and enjoyed socialising with colleagues. But after his daughter, Tin-ching, was born last year, the 29-year-old began to rethink his role.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Towards Forgiveness: Sino-Tasmanian Stories From Two Islands

Towards Forgiveness: Sino-Tasmanian Stories From Two Islands by John Biggs Ginninderra Press

Two islands, two centuries, and just under 200 pages of shared personal relationships between Hong Kong and Tasmania.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (read by Mike Chamberlain) Random House Audio (audiobook)

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Fair play

'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' - English saying

Foul play

What is ...?

1 fair play

a. respectful and honest treatment of people

b. a game where nobody wins

2 foul play

a. a sporting event that is cancelled halfway through

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Too cruel for school

In September 2010, six American teenagers took their own lives. All boys, all were driven to suicide by anti-gay bullying. The tragedies prompted syndicated columnist Dan Savage to produce a short video with his partner, Terry Miller, which they posted on YouTube to reassure young victims of bullying that no matter how hopeless or painful life seems now, you cannot give up.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am