Plugged into parenting

When Cherie Leung was pregnant with her first child in 2004, she had no idea how to prepare for the birth. 'None of my friends were parents back then.

Sunday, 8 January, 2012, 12:00am

Ban on entry fees for kindergartens

Beijing is banning kindergartens from charging admission fees and additional charges for special interest classes in its latest bid to crack down on overcharging.

6 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

Youth tempted by drugs just need a dose of love

During the festive season, when young people are at greater risk of being tempted by drugs, parents might do well to heed the advice of a former TV actress turned parenting expert.

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

New rules to curb baby milk adverts

Adverts for infant formula, baby food and feeding utensils will come under a new set of government guidelines next year to curb exaggerated and misleading claims.

Although the guidelines will not be legally binding on suppliers, all public hospitals will boycott the products of sellers who defy them, a source close to the working group drafting the guidelines said.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Lessons in tough love from the 'wolf dad'

Xiao Baiyou takes to heart that centuries-old adage 'spare the rod, spoil the child'.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

How to make your presents felt

Like many children, Kathy Wong Kin-Ho dreamed of finding a gleaming, new bicycle under the Christmas tree. So when a red two-wheeler made its glorious appearance - a joint Christmas and Lunar New Year present - her joy knew no bounds.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The wisdom of the ages

The seeds for founding a kindergarten were sown as early as 1995 when Betty Ho had her first child, Christopher. 'When I found out I was pregnant, I decided to quit my job, and became a 'full-time' mother. I started taking courses on early education, including right-brain training and prenatal education,' Ho recalls.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Let's get physical

Parents today feel life is filled with potential risks for their children. So they change tables that the kids may roll off, fix door hinges and electric plugs they might stick fingers into, and worry about bullies who might make life a misery for them at school.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Learn while you play...

LEGO Sort & Store

Place the pieces inside the head sorter, give them a shake to sort them by size, and all the hard work is done.

HK$399.90 from Toys 'R' Us

Honey Bee Tree Game

Pluck the leaves from the tree trunk, making the least number of bees fall from the tree-top honey pot.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Cash for officials' new cars will buy school buses

Authorities in the Gansu city of Qingyang have vowed to put funds into school buses instead of new government cars, in response to the death of 19 kindergarten pupils in a bus crash there on Wednesday.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Dadzilla and Monster Mum

A two-year-old sits at the wheel of a BMW as his mum proudly films him driving along the streets of Hong Kong on his father's knee. Another dad threatens to jump from a Wan Chai footbridge after his son's application to an elite English-language school is rejected.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Baby carriers

The power of balance

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Ban on free milk formula samples for newborns

Giving out free samples of milk formula for newborns will be banned under a new code of practice drawn up by manufacturers, an industry association said yesterday.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Connecting with teenagers means putting yourself in their world

When your teenager asks if she can go for an evening out with her friends, how do you respond? Even when parents say they will think about it, the response from the child may be: 'You never say yes to anything!'

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am