Developmental Psychology

Why French mothers are superior

Last year, it was Amy Chua and Chinese tiger mums who supposedly produced superior children. This year, it's the French. French Children Don't Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman is the latest parenting book to become a media sensation.

Wednesday, 1 February, 2012, 12:00am

Formula 'not cause of breasts on babies'

The baby formula produced by a mainland company had not caused three girls in Hubei to grow breasts, the Ministry of Health announced yesterday.

The ministry launched an investigation after the girls' parents had complained about the formula, made by Synutra. The company denied the charges.

16 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

More parents chilled out when it comes to great expectations

You have heard how all Chinese parents want their children to grow up to become doctors and professors. Well, not so in Hong Kong anymore. Less than 10 per cent of parents here apparently expect their children to achieve something in life, according to a survey by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

14 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Training wheels

Sarah Cameron dislikes conflicts, especially the kind that end in tearful brawls and heated standoffs over issues no one can recall the next day.

So two years ago, when she was caught up in tussles with her 12-year-old daughter, she knew things had to change. Cameron, a mother of three, turned to parent coach Carol McNaughton Ho.

31 May 2008 - 12:00am

Serious side of playing around

They jumped, ran, slid, fought, squealed and screamed. In short, they played.

It was the classic scene of children doing what they've always loved to do when almost 1,000 of them descended on a sports field at Polytechnic University on Wednesday.

Child's play it may have been, but what these children were doing represented a crucial part of their development.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Children are dumbing down, says expert

Modern living has blunted the problem-solving abilities of Hong Kong children and given them shorter attention spans than previous generations, an educational psychologist testing their IQs believes.

'Today's children have shorter attention spans because they can get answers to everything quickly from the internet,' Raymond Tang Ho-ming said yesterday.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Being an only-child isn't always so great

Sometimes being an only-child may seem like an easy life to those looking in from the outside.

An only-child's friends may think such a child is spoiled, and they'll be jealous of what they believe is an easy life. Envious friends may think an only-child is pampered, and likely to be unpleasant, but this isn't always the case.

14 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Public interest film sends wrong message

An Announcement of Public Interest (API) produced by the Fight Crime Committee and broadcast recently on local television has triggered complaints from many parents for creating adverse effects on the younger generation.

16 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Politics of childbirth

Now I know why Chinese and foreigners are so different,' said Mrs Xu after leaving my wife close to tears. Powerful psychic waves of disapproval and concern have been emanating from Mrs Xu, the household help, and just about everyone else we meet in Beijing where we live.

22 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

strange but true

Q Are you carrying around drug money in your wallet? A Probably. Chemical studies a few years ago showed 94 per cent of United States paper currency were contaminated with cocaine, says Ronald Siegel in Intoxication: Life In Pursuit Of Artificial Paradise.

5 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Legal rights of children are protected, says State Council

THE State Council's Information Office defended the Shanghai Children's Welfare Institute, saying it offered the best possible care.

In a three-page statement, the office maintained that the rights of all orphans are protected.

7 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

How to handle a little emperor

FOR the last half century China has dispensed with child-care gurus while Western parents became reliant on Dr Benjamin Spock or Penelope Leach for guidance, reassurance and just plain common sense.

28 Feb 1995 - 12:00am