Odette Umali, a “parent educator”, and her 20-year-old daughter, Myka. Umali says that, over the years, she has learned to recognise her mood triggers and regulate her emotions so as not to project how she feels onto her kids. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

How children pick up on parents’ anxiety and anger and why we should be mindful of how we act

  • If parents express negative emotions too often, it may affect their children’s emotional and cognitive development
  • Research has shown that fathers’ mental health has a bigger effect on kids than that of their mothers
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Odette Umali, a “parent educator”, and her 20-year-old daughter, Myka. Umali says that, over the years, she has learned to recognise her mood triggers and regulate her emotions so as not to project how she feels onto her kids. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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Marathon runner, cancer survivor and mother of five children Amy Mumford shows off a recent race trophy. Having breast cancer taught her the power of positive thinking, she says. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Marathon runner and mother of five who survived breast cancer on the power of positivity

  • Cancer showed me how I should live life, Hong Kong-based Amy Mumford says. She switched to a superfood diet, gave up alcohol and at 41 just keeps running faster
  • She’s up at 3am every day, and packs in a 9km training run and two swims between cooking, childcare and school runs. ‘I love my two worlds,’ she says
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Marathon runner, cancer survivor and mother of five children Amy Mumford shows off a recent race trophy. Having breast cancer taught her the power of positive thinking, she says. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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