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  • Sep 20, 2014
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Child Care

Dishing up generous servings for the needy

At a time when many restaurants are trying to cut costs to cope with soaring rents and higher wages, one cha chaan teng in Sham Shui Po is doing exactly the opposite - providing meals for the needy.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 8:45am

Contemporary baby furniture that doesn't compromise style for comfort

Four men with offended design sensibilities established bloom, a brand of baby furniture of European design and precision engineering. They tapped a trend: its start-up in Hong Kong in 2006 led to bloom products being sold in 56 countries and notching up US$20 million in annual sales.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Foster breastfeeding while promoting formula advertising code

New consumer protection rules for marketing and advertising tend to run the gauntlet of free-market principles. In the latest example major manufacturers of baby milk formula have cited economic freedom in their resistance to some aspects of a voluntary advertising code. These include prominent health warnings, such as the need to use very hot water to mix the formula, and the possibility of digestive upsets. Manufacturers are concerned about the effects of hot water on live organisms they claim are beneficial, and say the second warning doesn't apply to all formula milk.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Delays in adoption cause permanent damage to children

I refer to the report regarding the experiences of children adopted overseas ("HK orphans 'subjected to racism in Britain'", February 4).

The article was unhelpful and misleading about best practice for adoptive children. It failed to inform readers of the reason that Britain is reducing the importance of race in adoptions: black children are taking 50 per cent longer to be adopted.

6 Feb 2013 - 1:38am 1 comment

Stay-at-home mums are not 'freeloaders'

Two years ago, I was doing research for my TEDxWomen talk and I asked a 17-year-old student whether he thought his future wife would work. Having been raised by a strong, successful single mother, he replied "yes" without skipping a beat. His next words have stuck with me: "Of course women should work. No one likes a freeloader."

6 Feb 2013 - 4:23am 1 comment

Children lacking a voice in Hong Kong

A policy address that wins applause is one with a vision, that attempts to balance the interests of different groups.

This year's policy address lacks vision and a holistic approach. It is lopsided and a child perspective is absent.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:27am 1 comment

China's orphan saviour devastated by deadly fire (video)

Poor stallholder Yuan Lihai launched a personal war against China's lack of child care, but she may now face criminal charges of negligence over the deaths of seven children in her unlicensed orphanage

5 Apr 2013 - 1:54pm 4 comments

Too many women are still dying in childbirth

After a harrowing 36 hours delivering her daughter, Michelle Thompson faced yet another complication. Her cervix tightened so much that she suffered a retained placenta. It was a potentially life-threatening development as the tissue, if left untreated, could have become infected and led to haemorrhage.

23 Dec 2012 - 12:25pm

How my child was found wanting

"I want it!" My 2½-year-old son wailed again and again. He had worked himself up into a tantrum, and was unable to stop.

9 Dec 2012 - 1:29pm

Birth order in family dynamics

Therese Tee is your archetypal first born - self-assured, driven, organised. When her parents divorced seven years ago, for instance, she worked carefully to ensure their paths did not cross at family events. And as the eldest of four siblings, she has always shouldered the responsibilities of her family.

2 Dec 2012 - 3:53pm