Elizabeth Sheridan, mother and housewife Age: 36. Career path: I was born and bred in London and studied Chemical Physics at Bristol University. Both my parents are doctors, but I didn't know what to do when I graduated until I worked as a doctor's receptionist. I got married to Pat in 1990, graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1991 and then did house jobs in Derby and London. Catherine was born in 1993. We came to Hong Kong in 1994 with Pat's job, and since then I have had Charlotte and Timothy: I am also six months pregnant. Elizabeth's day: I wake up between 6 and 7 am. My husband sees to the children while I shower, then I tidy the house, pick up all the kids bottles from the night before, load the washing machine and get the house in order. By 7.30 am, Pat gets ready for work. Now that Catherine goes to playschool, we need to be out by 8.30 am. We run our morning on the cuckoo clock chimes. The children all go into the bath together and when the clock chimes eight they jump out. It's become a game for them so it's not hard to keep the routine. When everybody is ready I pile them into the car and we all troll up to Smallworld Kindergaten. After that, I bring the two home and we either play games, have friends over, go to friends' houses or playgroups, or perhaps do a big shop. At 11.30 am, we all get back into the car and fetch Catherine. When we get home the girls watch 30 minutes of television while Timothy naps. The girls and I have lunch and when Timothy awakes he has lunch, if he decides to eat, then Charlotte has a nap. During this time I do chores. When they are all awake again we go to a playground, swim here at Bamboo Grove, Wan Chai, or something else to tire them out. I aim to be home at 5.30 pm when we start dinner. The girls play on the computer and then the bedtime drill starts around 7 am-ish. When they are all in pyjamas, nappies, teeth brushed and so on then I read to them. Hopefully, I have had time in the day to cook because I can't stand cooking after the kids are asleep. After Pat comes home for dinner together, we both do our own thing for an hour. I do a daily bible reading and pray, and I am hopefully in bed by 10 pm. Two or sometimes three times a week I do an afternoon shift at one of the medical practices in town, but although I did enjoy practising medicine my priorities have changed. I feel parental care is best for my children and I love staying at home with them. I always wanted to be married and have kids so I am really satisfied with my job as a mum. One day, I may go back to work full time and Pat will stay at home with the kids, but not in Hong Kong. Salary: About $15,000 extra for a few afternoon's work. Ambition: I like to be good at what I do and as I'm a full-time mum now I want to do it well. Ed Kaufman, father and house-husband Age: 35 Career path: I was born in Germany and grew up in Boston. I studied politics at New York's St Lawrence University but I didn't know what to do afterwards. After graduating in 1985, I worked at the Boston University Medical School as a finance officer, then after a couple years I married Kassia and moved to Oregon into a market research job. I got disenchanted with this and joined Portland Brewing Company as a beer brewer. It was fascinating, but after a year working there I had to give it up in 1994 when Benjamin was born. Kassia earned more money, she travelled a lot, and I worked odd hours, so we decided I'd stay home. In 1995, Kassia became Advertising Director for Nike Asia and so we came to Hong Kong. I'm still a stay-at-home dad. Ed's day: We live in Jardine's Lookout. Kassia spends 50 per cent of the time travelling, and when she is here she is up and out of the house by 7.30 am for her job in Kowloon. First, Benjamin and I watch the news and have breakfast. I have to get him on the schoolbus by 8.30 am. I usually usually exercise in the mornings; either at Tai Tam Country Park training for the Maclehose Trail, or at the gym. If I don't do that then I chase sports results on the Internet: I love sport. When Ben comes home from Woodlands Happy Valley school, we have lunch and I take him to play. I do all the shopping and cooking so sometimes Ben and I walk to the shop. We come home, I cook, Ben has some quiet time and, if his mum is here, then we all have dinner together, she baths him and puts him to bed. I'm very content with what I do, I'm not bored and I feel lucky one parent can stay home to look after Ben. I don't do a whole lot, but I am happy. Ben and I have a great relationship. Going to playgroups as the only dad can be tricky: sometimes I feel the odd-man-out. Salary: I don't earn a lot, but I'm happy with the deal. Ambition: We would like some more children and plan will stay in Hong Kong for a couple more years. I will stay home with the children and make sure they have a happy stable life.