Growing pains for dads

Apprentice chef Ah Wun had high hopes for the future. One day, he told himself, he would save enough money to open his own restaurant. But his girlfriend's pregnancy three years ago has thrown a spanner in the works. 'I never wanted to get married,' he says.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

How to be a heavyweight champ

When I told my husband I wanted to write about fatherhood, and, more specifically, the parenting styles of fathers, he issued a challenge: 'I'll bet you can't write about fathers without some anecdote about our kids and me.'

With that said, I threw down the gauntlet and accepted the challenge to refrain from personal experience.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Dad days

As if Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and subsequent articles weren't enough, last month Time magazine triggered a worldwide debate with its controversial cover of a mother breastfeeding her four-year-old son and the bold title, 'Are you mom enough?' When I saw this, I was disappointed with Time, not because I'm against breastfeeding - I'm not - but because I'm so tired of the 'mommy

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Wary parents hire private eye for kids

Private detectives are traditionally instructed to get evidence of extramarital affairs. But for a growing number of Philic Man Hin-nam's clients, it's not their husbands or wives they want followed, but their children.

Suspicious parents call her in when they fear their offspring are involved with drugs or trading sexual favours for cash.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Quality is key to comfort

Whether sleeping or playing, babies spend a lot of time in the nursery. Products such as cots and dressers are essential to ensure their comfort. The right gear can also make life a lot easier on sleep-deprived parents and caregivers.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Strength of parents' union is key to the health of a family

Scott and Janice have been married for 17 years and have been considering separating. They have a 16-year-old son Brian, who is getting into trouble at school for taking drugs and bullying. They also have a daughter, Shelly, 13, who has a weight problem and sometimes refuses to go to school.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Premature birth report 'optimistic'

China has a long way to go before it achieves the standard recommended by the World Health Organisation last week in its first country-by-country report on premature births, a leading neonatal care expert says.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Close encounters with Confucian values

A holiday is an opportunity to take a break from the daily routine and nurture family relationships. At Easter, I went to Thailand with my husband, to give our children a break from our supervision, as well as to enjoy each other's company. To save time and energy, we joined a tour group of 19 people.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Time to rethink the work-home divide

I met two alien beings this week - two stay-at-home dads. OK, they are not exactly ETs, but they are about as rare in Hong Kong as visitors from outer space. We took part in an RTHK interview and a forum organised by the Women's Foundation.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Everything a growing young family needs

Bumps to Babes is Hong Kong's first superstore for expectant mothers and parents of young children, with a range of products for youngsters up to the age of eight.

The store prides itself in being a one-stop shop, selling just about everything a parent and child may need for the early years.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A parting of the ways

When Lucy Mitchell discovered her 41-year-old husband was having an affair with a teenager, she feared it sounded the death knell for a marriage that had been struggling for some time.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

PARENTS know best

Today, growing numbers of lifestyle and furniture companies are catering to parents who want to extend their design ideas from 'adult areas' into children's bedrooms. The days when cartoon characters dominated children's furniture are long gone, and concern for the environment is increasingly a priority.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

We can work it out

Parents' biggest battles with their children are often over the smallest things: refusing to share a favourite toy with a sibling, leaving a supermarket without buying that special snack, saying goodbye at the end of a play date. For Kendra Moran and her eight-year-old daughter, Keira, the flashpoint was clothes.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Imperfect harmony

Most parents find raising their own biological children somewhat of a bumpy experience. However, in theory, at least, their authority is unquestioned, and they do have some control over the influences to which their offspring are subject.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hottest job on the mainland: Supermum

Like other working mothers, Shanghai-based Stella Shi has her hands full from the moment she wakes up to cook breakfast for her family to the time she tucks her daughter in bed at night.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am