Learning Curve: Father's passion for diving brings sons closer

Tony Lit (right) bonds with his sons on one of many diving expeditions.

For students, summer holidays are synonymous with play. This is essential to children’s development, contributing to their cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being.

Monday, 8 July, 2013, 9:30am

Dad's long hours working all worth it for the family

(From left) Chan Kin-fai, Emily Chan, their mother and father, George Chan. Photo: Nora Tam

Children across the city braved the wet weather yesterday to spend some quality time with their dads on Father's Day. With an area of low pressure bringing occasional showers and clouds - and a thunderstorm warning hoisted for a few hours - it was a good day for staying indoors.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Attacks against children are symptoms of an unhealthy society

A mother killed her child and then committed suicide at a flat in Taikoo Shing on January 8, 2013. Photo: SCMP

In Hong Kong, family violence and suicides are so common that their occurrence is often taken for granted. Occasionally, sensational cases, such as murder-suicides involving parents and children, manage to draw public attention to an array of social ills contributing to the tragedies. But the underlying issues are soon buried as new headlines emerge. The growing insensitivity among the public does not help to improve the situation.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am

Concept of family so important

A transsexual woman won a groundbreaking court appeal in Hong Kong allowing her to marry her boyfriend and forcing the government to re-write the city's marriage laws. Photo shows her lawyer Michael Vidler. Photo: AFP

The Court of Final Appeal case of W v Registrar of Marriages made headlines in Hong Kong and around the world ("Transsexual granted right to wed", May 14).

While clarifying the situation for transsexuals may be positive, I am concerned that the court has gone too far in potentially changing the definition of marriage and weakening the concept of family.

20 May 2013 - 1:51am 2 comments

Pampering and protests on Mother's Day

Priscilla Chan and daughter Kiki join in the 'Kiss Mama Campaign' in Mong Kok. Photo: Nora Tam

"The most important thing on Mother's Day is to be good and listen to your mum. Every day should be Mother's Day," said 16-year-old Amy Wong Tsz-ching, who woke up extra early yesterday morning to visit a Chinese restaurant for yum cha with her mother and grandma.

13 May 2013 - 8:27am

Love it or hate it, mums enjoy attention on Mother's Day

As crowds throng the shops on Flower Market Road in Mongkok, Tam Ka-fai helps his seven-year-old daughter Beatrice to buy a bouquet for her mother to celebrate Mother's Day, which falls today. Photo: Edward Wong

Today is Mother's Day - an occasion some families treat as a chance to show mum some thanks for all her hard work, but which others dismiss as just another commercial exploitation of human nature.

12 May 2013 - 7:55am 2 comments

Hong Kong's brat pack needs good parenting

Local school children hold 'dancing solar flowers' during the installation of an art piece by French artist Alexandre Dang in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

My worst nightmare as a parent is that my children are spoiled and self-centred. To me, being kind and considerate trumps being successful. If, in 15 years, my children turn out to be mean and egotistical, it won't matter how well they do academically; I'll still have failed as a parent.

1 May 2013 - 2:37am

Beijing or Hong Kong - where is best to divorce?

Rita Ku

It is now very common to see families in which mum lives with the children on the mainland while dad works most of the time in Hong Kong, or the other way round. Spouses will often have permanent Hong Kong ID cards and their children may have been born here. Such couples will often have property and investments on the mainland, Hong Kong and elsewhere.

16 Apr 2013 - 11:50am

Road test: Kindyroo

Road test: Kindyroo

As the typhoon season approaches, it's important to find indoor activities for energetic toddlers. SPRING seeks to provide stimulating activities for youngsters and provide caregivers with the necessary know-how to help their development.

16 Apr 2013 - 11:50am

Vertically inclined

Cason Crane and his mother, Isabella de la Houssaye, in Hong Kong. Photo: Paul Yeung

Cason Crane has been putting off starting his studies at Princeton University for two years, but it's not as if he's spent that time wondering what he wants to do with his life.

16 Apr 2013 - 11:50am

How post-divorce families can get along

How post-divorce families can get along

I have been divorced for four years and now plan to marry my girlfriend of two years. But my daughter, 16, might move to Hong Kong. Her mother in Britain has threatened several times to send her to live with me. My daughter is going through this Gothic phase, but she is doing OK in school and we are still very close.

9 Apr 2013 - 9:31am

Filial piety requires emotional care, not just financial support

Filial piety requires emotional care, not just financial support. Photo: Reuters

Recent family tragedies have sparked discussions on the relationship between children and their parents in the local community.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am

Family violence in Hong Kong mars reputation of a 'safe' city

A 29-year-old man allegedly killed his elderly parents and dismembered their bodies. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong is famously a safe city with a low murder rate. That gives an impression that all is well. Yet three apparently unrelated recent cases seem to tell a different story. They involve extreme violence and anger against family members, and they should not be dismissed as merely more instances of domestic violence.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:17am

A tale of two scholars

Yvonne Cheung, 12, hopes to study architecture. Photo: Jonathan Wong

This is a tale of two students: Yvonne Cheung Yi and Angus Ku Yip-hung. Both attend free government-aided schools, and their parents recognise a good education is crucial for a better life. That is about all they have in common.

2 Apr 2013 - 10:37am

Personal best: Organised youth sport - then and now

Don't kill the thrill of taking part

As I watched a 10-year-old boy come off the rugby field in tears, I couldn't help reflect how children's sport had changed since I was a child. The entire pitch was lined with parents, some clapping and cheering, and others pacing up and down screaming until red in the face. Perhaps it's middle-aged parents living out their sporting dreams.

2 Apr 2013 - 10:37am 2 comments