Nov 172017
 
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A research in the United States has found that preschoolers and kindergartners who are farsighted could be at risk of falling behind at school due to the condition affecting their concentration. Carried out by researchers from the Ohio State University, the team looked at 244 children with moderate farsightedness and 248 children with normal vision. The children were tested to evaluate their attention, visual perception and the ability to integrate visual perception and motor skills. Continue reading “Being farsighted could affect child’s early learning, US study suggests” »
Nov 172017
 
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When fitness trackers alone fail to get families moving enough, turning step counts into a competition might help people get more exercise, a small experiment suggests. Researchers gave fitness trackers to 200 adults and asked them to set daily step-count goals to increase their activity levels. All had at least one other family member participating in the experiment, and half of the families were randomly chosen for a team competition with prizes tied to achieving daily and weekly step goals. Continue reading “Fitness-tracker games may help families get more exercise” »
Nov 162017
 
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Does your child want to wear a yellow shirt instead of the blue one youve picked out? Would they rather eat a banana or an apple? We often read that parents need to get children involved in decision-making as early as possible. Continue reading “Why you need to let your child decide, and accept their decisions” »
Nov 152017
 
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My sons primary school has recently acquired some new standing desks. My son says he prefers working standing up instead of sitting down, but he hardly gets to use them because there are only three in each classroom and the children argue over using them. What is the purpose of these desks and is it a good way for children to learn? Continue reading “Will standing desks in classrooms help kids to learn or encourage them to mess about more?” »
Nov 152017
 
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Part of a parents role is to praise and encourage children when they sing beautifully, dance sublimely, swim fast or top their class and even when they dont. We are supposed to be our offsprings tireless champions, relentless deliverers of applause. However, a study, published in Psychological Science, co-authored by scientists from the United States, Canada, and Lulu Chen and Li Zhao of Hangzhou Normal University in China, suggests glib, sweeping praise should be replaced with a more considered, circumspect approach. Continue reading “Why Hong Kong parents shouldn’t pile on the praise for results – concentrate on effort” »
Nov 132017
 
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Children usually go through a phase where they reject a lot of foods. They may remove even the tiniest trace of a certain vegetable from their plate or eat noodles only if there is nothing on them. What should parents do? Continue reading “Got a fussy eater? Don’t worry too much over it” »
Nov 122017
 
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Many people conduct life in more than just their mother tongue, even if they do not make a conscious effort to immerse themselves in two different languages. Many families are from multiple cultures and live in one that is not their own, potentially exposing children to different languages at the same time and from a very young age, says Scarlett Mattoli, a psychologist at Hong Kong mental health consultancy Psynamo. Studies have show that our brains have the ability from birth to differentiate between languages, but preferences for usage will be set according to what is heard in the environment from very early on, and this preference tends to be stable, she says. Continue reading “How Hongkongers benefit from speaking many languages – and we dispel a few of the myths” »
Nov 122017
 
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Henriette Zwick has two daughters, Marlene and Florentine. When Marlene was three and Florentine one, she decided it was time for them to start sharing a bedroom. The girls are now six and four, and still happily share their 11sq m room. Continue reading “Two’s company: How to make a shared children’s bedroom work” »
Nov 122017
 
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Children start comparing themselves to others as early as nursery school can their friends run faster, make more impressive craftsor readbetter? Do they receive more praise? The pursuit of recognition sets in at an early age. Continue reading “Not too much, not too little: The right way to praise your child” »
Nov 102017
 
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Its the crack of dawn, and Choi Lai-Kwan dresses in her traditional Chinese outfit, before dashing out the door to a clients house. Choi is a dai kam jie, or bride chaperone, hired by couples ahead of their big day to guide them through the traditions and rituals of a Chinese wedding. Trained as a social worker in her early 20s, Choi now in her 40s even acts as a counsellor when families argue during the stressful wedding planning phase. Continue reading “Why Hong Kong couples opt for a Chinese wedding chaperone” »