Senses working overtime

Nicolette Lee starts with a massage, goes swimming and then she's off to the gym - it's a pretty packed diary when you are only 11 months old. But her mother, Christabel Lee-Lau, reckons it is all worthwhile.

Sunday, 26 June, 2011, 12:00am

A new approach to parenting

There are probably many Hong Kong parents intrigued with the title of Bryan Caplan's book, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids.

In a city of money-savvy people, soaring property prices, high school fees and high expectations, and where the cost of bringing up one child runs into millions, most would say it is common sense to have fewer, not more.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Parental care worth more than money

Many parents work hard to earn extra money so their children can take part in more extra-curricular activities.

For example, many parents would like their children to learn a foreign language or a musical instrument.

However, because they are so busy, they do not have time to take care of their children.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Taking care of children is no job for amateurs

With both parents working full time in many Hong Kong families, the question arises of who should take care of the children's upbringing and provide the guidance they need.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Global nomads

Lu Ruyi is fluent in Mandarin, Shanghainese, English and Japanese. At the age of 27, she has lived in eight cities, three in the United States and the rest in Asia. A Fulbright scholar, she holds a master's degree in education from Harvard, and has published a book about her cross-continental life - in Japanese.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Kindergartens get competitive

Parents in Hong Kong are raising their expectations of kindergartens, with a growing number seeking bilingual classes and preschools that can help their child pass interview assessments, as competition to secure a place at international primary schools becomes more challenging.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Kindergarten 'starved' children

Six kindergarten children were only given a single apple and an egg a day to share at a private school run by a Hong Kong woman in Zhuhai, Guangdong, before angry former teachers finally called police, authorities said.

Other children at the facility survived on plain noodles, or shared one sausage between four.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Children made to share an apple and egg a day

Six kindergarten children were forced to share just an apple and an egg a day at a private facility run by a Hong Kong woman in Zhuhai, Guangdong, with the scandal not exposed until angry former teachers called police.

Other children were made to eat just plain noodles or to share a sausage between four of them.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Kindergartens forced to shut down

Thousands of kindergarten pupils from migrant families in Beijing's Daxing district are being forced out of schools that have been ordered to close in a crackdown on 'illegal business operations'.

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

Mainlanders swamp schools near border

The number of cross-border children in Hong Kong schools and kindergartens has doubled in the past five years as more mainland women give birth in the city.

The increase has brought calls from teachers for the government - which has been trimming classes and shutting schools because of shrinking rolls - to make sure it is prepared for the growing influx.

9 May 2011 - 12:00am

Government rules out infant formula outlets

The government has ruled out setting up milk powder retail outlets at public hospitals and clinics, insisting that there is a stable supply of baby formula in the city.

Professor Gabriel Leung, undersecretary for food and health, told legislators yesterday that suppliers and shop owners had assured the government the supplies were secure.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am


Officials can do more to help six economic pillars

I was excited when I read about China's 12th five-year plan ('Five-year plan devotes a full chapter to Hong Kong, Macau', March 6).

Hong Kong will be encouraged to become an offshore hub for renminbi business.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Earthquake shakes up baby formula delivery chain

Japan's massive earthquake has shaken markets around the world and caused untold economic losses - and it's also given Hong Kong mothers cause for concern.

For Hong Kong investors, the earthquake may not be a big issue as Japanese markets have been weak for many years and many have not invested substantially there.

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Dissatisfied father set up school for his daughter

Former magazine editor Wang Xiaofeng, 48, started a home kindergarten four years ago because he was disappointed with public education. The Ri Ri Xin (Daily New) kindergarten in Beijing focuses on nurturing minds and personalities rather than strict rules and academic progress and has quickly expanded as other parents have heard about it.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Overcome hurdles to breastfeeding

I refer to the letter by Sarah Hung ('Hospitals deter breastfeeding', February 19).

The World Health Organisation and United Nations Children's Fund have long recognised the importance of hospital practice in breastfeeding.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am