City kids: what they might lose and what they can gain

Illustration: Pearl Law

Bringing up three young and energetic children in North Point has its challenges.

Sunday, 17 February, 2013, 4:29pm

Up close and personal: a world of difference

Illustration: Pearl Law

As a white-haired grandfather, I often ponder my happy childhood when I customarily sported a grubby face and scratched knees. I have one younger sister, who was a bit of a tomboy, and we had the free run of a large builder's yard adjacent to our house. There was also a flower garden, a vegetable garden and a paddock on which our horses grazed.

6 Jan 2013 - 3:13pm

How to grab the bully by the horns

Illustration: Corbis

Young children's friends are the people they play with most. These children become familiar and predictable. Later, by four years of age, children start to select friends who match their developmental skills, their activity levels and their temperament. This is the beginning of true reciprocal friendship.

11 Nov 2012 - 9:57am

All slings considered

Naomi Tempany on the go with her brood. Photo: David Wong

When Naomi Tempany moved to Hong Kong three months ago, she struggled to explore the city with three children in tow and a baby in a stroller.

After a particularly frustrating MTR journey, she found a more convenient way of getting around town with her young family.

4 Nov 2012 - 10:07am

Dealing With Kids And Tantrums

Dealing With Kids And Tantrums

There are so many negative nicknames these days in Hong Kong - for both parents and children. There are tiger mums, but also helicopter parents, eagle fathers, and monster parents. 

28 Oct 2012 - 3:25pm

How to toughen children up

Kay Fung with son Markus. Fung says she doesn't try to protect Markus from tumbles and expects him to be responsible for his actions. Photo: Warton Li

Six-year-old Markus Tsui knows the consequences when he throws a tantrum, or is rude to others: he will have to sit in a corner, opposite a wall pinned with a list of all his recent infractions.

14 Oct 2012 - 1:00pm 1 comment

Relationships: how to stop siblings fighting

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My two sons, aged seven and nine, don't get along. They seem to find something to fight about on a daily basis. It's exhausting. I've tried scolding them, shouting at them. I don't know whether I should spank them, as my parents did me. Any advice?

Siblings often don't get on. You've managed to exercise restraint so far; shouting and smacking children won't solve it.

30 Sep 2012 - 3:16pm

Socialising is a problem for kindergarten pupils, poll says

Three-quarters of parents believe their kindergarten children are struggling to get on with their peers, a survey found, prompting calls for the government to do more to help young children's development.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:07am

Relationships: Boundaries vital for children's growth

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Tessa and Julian are having trouble with their three children. "I feel constantly exhausted," says Tessa. "I've been trying to get my children to listen to me, but everything is a battle and I end up giving in."

23 Sep 2012 - 10:20am

The other side of parenting extremes

Shaw Prize winners Professor David Jewitt and Professor Jane Luu say they were free to do whatever they wanted in an ever evolving love of learning. Photo: Nora Tam

Jane Luu is definitely not a tiger mum. As the only female winner of the Shaw Prize, the American-Vietnamese astronomer is every Asian parent's dream.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:56am 3 comments

Mum knows best at well-stocked store

Maclaren Quest stroller

As one of Hong Kong's original baby superstores, Bumps to Babes offers a vast range of goods for expectant mothers, newborns, toddlers and children up to the age of eight. With more than 2,000 items in its Horizon Plaza outlet, parents are spoilt for choice.

7 Sep 2012 - 11:08am

Tom Cruise to pay US$4.8m for daughter's child support

Tom Cruise to pay US$4.8m for daughter's child support

Holmes gets nothing but Cruise to pay child support

26 Aug 2012 - 10:21am

Relationships: reducing family tensions and stress

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"My younger son's bad behaviour in school is driving me crazy. He is undisciplined, incapable of following rules, and has conflicts with his schoolmates and teachers," says Melinda, a perfectionist mother of two sons, aged 15 and six.

17 Aug 2012 - 2:09pm

Another milk formula brand fails iodine test

Another Japanese baby milk brand, Meiji, has been found to contain too little of the nutrient iodine, the Centre for Food Safety said yesterday.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Baby milk legislation to be speeded up

The government will speed up legislation to close loopholes that exempt baby food from nutrition-labelling rules in the wake of tests that showed two brands of Japanese baby formula lacked a nutrient vital to brain development.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm