Tagged: children

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Morning Chaos or How to get to School on Time

    It’s back to school season! I am always sad to see the end of the holidays, but I also like that time of year because it is an opportunity to make new resolutions and to set new routines in place.   Morning routines tend to be chaotic for most families and unfortunately,...

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J’arrête de râler sur mes enfants {et mon conjoint}

Christine Lewicki et Florence Leroy Le stress de la vie de tous les jours est parfois difficile à gérer et nous avons tous un nombre infini de bonnes raisons de râler. Le problème de la râlerie est que, bien qu’elle donne l’impression de soulager certaines tensions sur le moment, souvent...

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Choosing the right school

Choosing the right school is a daunting process. All parents are in search of the best place for their children. This is evident in the number of parents who attend the annual Beijing Kids School Fair each Spring or any other fair around the World for that matter. I remember moving to a...

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Living in Beijing – Guide for New Families

New to Beijing?  Welcome!  The expat community is extremely supportive and there is no doubt you will quickly make some very good friends. Whatever your worries and your fears, it is likely that someone has experienced the exact same thing before you. Frustrations are normal so do not be afraid to...

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Are mobile devices hurting parent-child relationships?

‘Mum…?’ ‘Mmm.’ ‘Mum!……’ ‘Mmhmm…’ ‘Mum I can’t believe you are using your phone at the table when you never allowed us to use our game boys at the table!’ ‘Oh sorry! Yes but…I am not playing here…I just need to check something.’   My daughter is right. When handheld video...

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Mother Begs Son to Come Home for Chinese New Year

For families who live far apart, the New Year celebrations are usually preceded by much anticipation of warm reunions, hugs, laughter and too much good food. Regardless of our cultural background it can be either a pleasure to go home, an obligation or it can be a dreaded nightmare (as...

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Water Bugs & Dragonflies

Explaining Death to Young Children By Doris Stickney This very short book tells the story of a colony of water bugs in a pond. Every now and then one of them climbs the stalk of a water lily, disappears and never comes back. Two water bugs make a pact that...

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Social Emotional Literacy

All feelings are ok – how we interpret and deal with them may not always be. Research has shown that emotions can either enhance or hinder our ability to work and learn. They affect our attention and our memory. If we are very anxious about something, or agitated, we can’t...

Websites – Blogs – Downloads

  There is no shortage of parenting sites available on the internet and it is easy to get overwhelmed.  Here is my personal go to selection. It will keep growing as I discover more useful resources, so keep checking in.           DR JANE NELSEN has written and...

East and West – Motherhood around the World

Becoming a parent is a journey of self discovery, influenced by who we are and where we are. In her column “Motherhood around the World” Joanna Goddard, shares the points of view of American mothers on how the country they are living in influences the way they bring up their...

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Could Empathy be the Best Cure for Tantrums?

When a child looses control of her emotions and throws a tantrum, it often triggers a sense of helplessness in the parent who may be at a loss as to what to do with the screaming child. The cause of the meltdown can seem so futile to us that it...

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Games to Play at the Park

There are few good days in Beijing, so when the sun shines and the air seems clean, we all want to drop everything and go to a park!  It is a wonderful opportunity to show our children that we enjoy spending time playing with them, so put your phone on...

Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE   by Jane Nelsen   For twenty-five years, Positive Discipline (inspired by renown psychologists Adler and Dreikurs) has been the standard reference for adults working with children.  Jane Nelsen,  psychologist, educator, mother and grandmother, has written many books on the subject (some co-authored with Lynn Lott). The key...

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Filial Piety

“Family is the Nucleus of Society” The Confucian idea of filial devotion is deeply embedded in Chinese society. Reading it now, six centuries after Guo Jujing wrote this ode to parental devotion, “The 24 Paragons of Filial Piety” comes off as a collection of scary bedtime stories. There is the woman...