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

Book review: Parenting Without Borders, by Christine Gross-Loh

Book review: Parenting Without Borders, by Christine Gross-Loh

Each country has its own firm beliefs about child rearing - and anyone who has married into a different culture will know that these differences can be a frequent source of conflict between parents and their respective in-laws.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:22pm

Choices in the classroom motivate learning

Students of Sun Fong Chung Primary School ran a market as a learning experience.

Earlier this year, Primary Six pupils of Sun Fong Chung Primary School in Tai Po had fun organising their own Lunar New Year market.

11 Jun 2013 - 10:41am

'Pete's a Pizza' book offers tips on easing children's mood swings

'Pete's a Pizza' book offers tips on easing children's mood swings

When my daughter is eager to relate news back to her teachers, she has a habit of interrupting them at inconvenient times.

4 Jun 2013 - 9:17am

Hunger games: getting fussy toddlers to eat

Annabel Karmel prepares a recipe from Quick and Easy Toddler Recipes.

Toddlers can be picky eaters, but a visiting author says a lack of variety in their meals will only make them more fussy, writes Tessa Chan

28 May 2013 - 11:13am

Paper talk, May 25, 2013

Coffee is cheaper in snack chain 759's stores. Photo: Nora Tam

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Pregnant mum tries to hang herself over restaurant row

25 May 2013 - 5:27am

The Barking Lot Café is a haven for pet lovers

Left to right: Takeo and Emi Blakely, SPCA director of community development Michael Wong and Grace. Photo: Annemarie Evans

Hebe, a black ball of fluff, looks up shyly through his Perspex enclosure. The puppy is a "prosecution case", meaning he was rescued from his former owner, who was later charged with animal abuse.

21 May 2013 - 11:47am

Enterprising parents running start-ups from home

Enterprising mums and dads are ditching the corporate grind to run online ventures from home.

Greg Stockdale and his wife Julie consider themselves fortunate parents. They get to have regular meals with their two-year-old daughter Kelly, and take her to the park and swimming pool almost every day.

15 May 2013 - 3:03pm 1 comment

Sisters score hit with the mother of all Gangnam parodies, Harilela-style

The sisters' video has gained a following. Photo: SCMP

Sherina Utamchandani and Hersha Chellaram's Mama Style - their take on South Korean pop sensation Psy's megahit - has received 12,500 views on YouTube in less than a week.

8 May 2013 - 4:15am 2 comments

Pay it forward: Raising children who are 'bucket fillers'

Pay it forward: Raising children who are 'bucket fillers'

March was volunteer month in my family. It started with flag day, standing outside a shopping centre in Causeway Bay, soliciting donations for the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation.

7 May 2013 - 11:41am

Hong Kong kids need to learn self-care skills

Renaissance College hosts a helper appreciation day. Photo: Red Door News

It's Friday afternoon and the hall at Renaissance College in Ma On Shan is packed with about 250 domestic helpers.

7 May 2013 - 11:32am 5 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

There's no substitute for hands-on parenting

There's no substitute for hands-on parenting

Vincy and Franco have three children, who are all doing well in school. But the couple have always found it difficult to discipline their children, and say the youngsters are increasingly out of control.

30 Apr 2013 - 10:41am

Findings on antisocial children raise red flag for parents

Dr Annis Fung Lai-chu, an assistant professor at City University's Department of Applied Social Studies.

Are we in danger of raising a generation of narcissists and spoiled brats? A new study by City University social scientist Annis Fung Lai-chu has caused alarm.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Short Science, April 21, 2013

Dads are as good as mums in recognising their baby's cries.

One of the world's most popular aquarium fishes has joined the rat, the mouse, fruit fly and nematode worm in the roll call of creatures whose DNA has been sequenced to help fight disease among humans.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:39am