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Childhood

Bringing up the rearer

Like it or not, with many mothers and fathers working long hours in Hong Kong, a lot of the responsibility of parenting has fallen on domestic helpers. This is especially true on weekdays.

Sunday, 8 July, 2012, 12:00am

Maid to order

More and more domestic helpers are becoming substitute parents during the day. Rehana Sheikh, an instructor at YWCA, and Jackie Chan Hiu-yeung, a psychologist at the Hong Kong Psychological Counselling Centre, offer a few tips to employers who plan to involve their maids in parenting duties.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Mother admits starving her son

A judge has condemned a mother of five whose infant son starved to death after she only fed him heavily diluted baby milk, saying the baby had been in a worse state than malnourished children in the developing world.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Who offers what and where - International preschools

Preschools

ALISON'S LETTERLAND INTERNATIONAL KINDERGARTEN

Causeway Bay: 2/F, Marco Polo Mansions, 10 Cleveland Street; 4/F, Capital Commercial Building, 26 Leighton Road

Sheung Wan: 1/F, Wing Hing Commercial Building, 139 Wing Lok Street

Jordan: 7/F, Will Strong Development Building, 59 Parkes Street

Tel: 5188 0671

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

How to keep parenting, after divorce

Kathleen and Rick recently separated after 14 years of marriage. Both had initially thought it would be better to stay together for the sake of their children, Alan, seven, and Rebecca, 13. But their constant arguments have had a detrimental effect on the youngsters. Rebecca seems emotionally and physically drained. She's not sleeping well and doesn't eat much.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Struggling to show restraint

Watching the world go by from the waterfront in Stanley last week, our eye was caught by a sign in the back window of a Mercedes Benz: 'Princess on Board'. Thanks for sharing, we thought, before pondering whether her little highness would be wearing a seatbelt.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Baby milk powder firm calls for ban on adverts

A leading milk powder maker has hit out at the government's plan to introduce a voluntary code to discourage advertisers from exaggerating the benefits of infant formula.

Instead, Mead Johnson Nutrition wants to see legislation that would ban advertising of milk powder for children younger than six months.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A class of their own

If parents think the education system in Hong Kong isn't right for their children, they will likely look abroad for alternatives. Rarely would they set out to establish a school to meet their personal criteria, as former executive councillor Bernard Chan and his wife Yeo Peck Leng have done. Then again, the couple have an unconventional approach to child-raising.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Quality is key to comfort

Whether sleeping or playing, babies spend a lot of time in the nursery. Products such as cots and dressers are essential to ensure their comfort. The right gear can also make life a lot easier on sleep-deprived parents and caregivers.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Try these guides before reading the riot act

For Mother's Day, I had originally planned to share some of my favourite mummy-baby storybooks, such as Deborah Guarino's Is Your Mama a Llama? and Amy Hest's Kiss Good Night.

Then my mind wandered to last Mother's Day. Around that time, my elder daughter turned from a sweet, easy-going toddler into a difficult malcontent.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am