Tagged: family

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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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Holiday Project for Bad Weather Days

Food and flags seem a good combination for an afternoon of fun and connection with your children. If you cannot find your country’s flag below, make it up! NATIONAL FLAGS MADE FROM EACH COUNTRY’S TRADITIONAL FOODS As part of a promotion for the Sydney International Food Festival, the advertising agencyWHYBIN\TBWA designed 18...

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When our Children leave Home for Good

Somehow when our daughters were growing up, discussing the future had always implied the years ahead for all of us together. We moved to China together for one more adventure ‘en famille – before the girls would go off to university’ but somehow the reality of what would happen afterwards...

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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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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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Parent Visitors for Hire

Following the publication last Autumn of a new version of the “Paradigm of filial piety” a new Chinese government law came into effect on July 1st. This law which “firmly encourages” children to visit their parents once a year has given chinese entrepreneurs a new opportunity for business. It did...

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Hug Them While You Can

Raising a child is the most difficult task in the World.  It may be really challenging at times, but it goes by quickly and when the children are grown up there is no going back. It is therefore important to do the best we can at all times, so that...

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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...