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Childhood

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.

Saturday, 18 February, 2012, 12:00am

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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

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. I read a lot of baby magazines to ease my worries about pregnancy and parenthood, but most of the articles were written like advertorials. I didn't know whether to trust the information,' she says.

8 Jan 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