The rest is history

Ren Yipeng has a busy schedule for a five-year-old. 'Yipeng brings back lots of homework from kindergarten, so it is usually around 11 o'clock when he goes to bed,' says his father, Ren Xingzhi.

Sunday, 13 May, 2012, 12:00am

Premature birth report 'optimistic'

China has a long way to go before it achieves the standard recommended by the World Health Organisation last week in its first country-by-country report on premature births, a leading neonatal care expert says.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Don't rock the cradle

Sleep deprivation is part of becoming a parent. Newborns have irregular sleep cycles that are shorter and lighter than adults. They cannot differentiate between day and night, and reaching slumber land is a skill that has to be learned.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Stretch marks

I am an only child born in the first wave of China's controversial one-child policy. From the minute I was born, I was inundated with attention from two loving parents and four doting grandparents.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Everything a growing young family needs

Bumps to Babes is Hong Kong's first superstore for expectant mothers and parents of young children, with a range of products for youngsters up to the age of eight.

The store prides itself in being a one-stop shop, selling just about everything a parent and child may need for the early years.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

HK's one-child problem

'I still think that having siblings is the best for children, but we decided against it,' said Joyce Ho Mei-yee, the mother of a five-year-old daughter.

Ho is also a full-time manager for the Hong Kong Federation of Women's Centres, which provides counselling and support for women.

10 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

New mothers should seek help from professionals if they want to breastfeed

I am writing refer to the article by Vanessa Yung ('Before babies hit the bottle', February 26).

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Stay one step ahead of your baby's development

WebMD Baby Free Rating 10/10

Some months back we reviewed an app to take you through pregnancy. In a 'pregnancy' most would envy, several months later we have a fictional, for-the-sake-of-this-review, two-week-old baby called Miranda. We highlight that this is a fictional baby to reduce the e-mails of congratulations.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Before babies hit the bottle

Aware of the benefits of breastfeeding, Crystal Ching Wing-yi was keen to take that route when her daughter Sin-yu was born two months ago. She made two attempts on that first afternoon, but gave up because it was too painful.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Cold approach stirs parenting debate

A video clip showing a young boy running in the snow while wearing only underpants and sports shoes has spurred another round of heated debate on the mainland about how to raise children.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Discipline can be positive or negative

Is it better for parents to be super-strict with their children or lenient? Usually, strictness is good if it can teach us discipline and good manners. However, if it is overdone, it will become a bad thing.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

How 'mummy guilt' can get in the way of good parenting

Madelyn is a working mother and struggles to put her son Charles to bed. 'I want to tuck him in after I read him a story because I want him to learn to go to sleep by himself,' she says.

'But he wants me to rock him to sleep. I hate to disappoint him because I've been gone all day, and he screams if I don't do it his way. So we can be there for hours.'

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The ogre within

When Chris Wat Wing-yin decided to publish a book chronicling her observations of controlling parents, the mother-of-three never imagined she would be seen as a tonic for local parenting problems. Nor did she imagine she would be hosting a radio programme on the subject.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The plight of the condor

Is there really a difference between Chinese parents and Western parents? It's a topic that most parents in Hong Kong approach with caution, lest they be accused of being prejudiced, narrow-minded or downright racist. We all know the cliches, but how true are they? Does the place of our ancestry, or our ethnicity, really determine what kind of parent we will become?

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am