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Keeping in Touch with the Extended Family Overseas Keeping in Touch with the Extended Family Overseas

on Thursday, 12 February 2015. Posted in Family Life

Effective ways of maintaining family bonds across borders

Dealing with living apart from our loved ones is something that many of us share in common here in Hong Kong. Whether it’s because of a job opportunity, or a relationship, or for the desire to provide the best for our children, packing up and relocating abroad has become commonplace. Unfortunately, the downside to this is leaving behind the comforts of home, primarily our families - but it could be a lot worse! 

A Parent’s Guide To Flying With Baby A Parent’s Guide To Flying With Baby

on Sunday, 29 March 2015. Posted in Family Life, Life With Baby

A little prep goes a long way - allow us to guide you through a stress-free flight with your baby…

Ask any seasoned parent what flying with a baby entails, and they’ll say it’s an art that's a challenge to master. Being stuck on-board for long hours and doing everything in your power to help your cherub feel comfortable, whilst trying not to annoy any fellow passengers is hugely stressful for any parent. So to help you cope with the challenges and prepare for any unexpected hiccups, here’s a detailed guide with all the tips and relevant information you'll need. Good luck!

Healthy Halloween Treats for Kids Healthy Halloween Treats for Kids

Written by Helen Scott on Saturday, 01 October 2016. Posted in Family Life

Pumpkin isn't just for making jack-o'-lanterns!

As a mother who tries to limit her family’s intake of white sugar, Halloween is a horrifying time to say the least! I know the odd candy or two won’t hurt them too much so I am not overly militant about it, but I do try to have a few healthier treats on hand to balance things out. If you’re concerned about the amount of candy your kids might be eating this Halloween, here are some super quick and easy pumpkin snack ideas you can make – and all free of the ghostly white powder! 

 

 

10 Tips to Develop Early Reading Skills 10 Tips to Develop Early Reading Skills

on Wednesday, 01 July 2015. Posted in Family Life, Parenting the Preschooler

Parents have a huge impact on how quickly their children learn to read. Here are top ten tips to improve your child's progress in reading.

The English language system is based on "phonemes" or sounds. This means that each letter symbol is linked to a sound or phoneme. Phonemes cannot easily be heard because when we speak the sounds in English, each syllable of a word is combined into one sound. For example, when speaking the word ‘dog’, the ear hears one sound, not three as in ‘d’, ‘o’, ‘g’.Hence it is essential that children are able to recognize ‘phonemes’ or sounds if they are to read successfully.

1st Birthdays: Party Ideas & Tips 1st Birthdays: Party Ideas & Tips

Written by Clare Cassidy on Friday, 03 October 2014. Posted in Family Life, Life With Baby

An entire year has zoomed by since you welcomed your tiny bundle in to the world - it’s madness, we know! So now it’s time to start thinking about celebrating their 365-day existence with some good friends, yummy cake, and a nice bottle of bubbly. Cheers!

Despite your baby not having the faintest clue as to what all the commotion is about, first birthdays are a very special occasion nevertheless, especially for the parents, and of course, the family photo album. Don’t forget, it also marks a proud milestone for you: as Ma and Pa, it’s your one-year anniversary since you entered parenthood!

 

Miscarriage: A Personal Story Miscarriage: A Personal Story

Written by Kate Harper on Wednesday, 14 May 2014. Posted in The Next 9 Months, Family Life

Talking openly about the confusion and heartbreak of a miscarriage can help navigate the healing process. For many, it is a positive step forward.

I’ll never forget the joy when I found out that I was pregnant with my third baby. It was a sudden decision to have another child. A couple of years shy of forty, I had an overwhelming urge to complete my family. My two children were getting older and I felt convinced that we were missing a family member. I was determined we should be a family of five, not four.

Junking With the Little Ones Junking With the Little Ones

on Sunday, 01 May 2016. Posted in Family Life, Out & About, Life in the +852

Your exhaustive, step-by-step manual for whippin’ up a cub-friendly junkscapade this summer…

Judging by the soaring temperatures, blasting A/Cs and the ever mounting piles of sweaty laundry, it’s safe to say that another summer is here, and in Hong Kong, that means … JUNK TRIP TIME! For many of us, it’s an annual tradition to get together, soak up the upcoming stretch of lovely weather and enjoy the picture-perfect views of Hong Kong’s coastlines and islands while bobbing up and down on a plush, kitted-out boat at sea - and for the little ones, it’s too much fun to handle! So, before we plunge straight into long streaks of ideal junk trip weather, we suggest you use these rainy days to get your first junk trip of 2016 all planned and booked! Allow us to assist you in gathering and summarising all of the info you’ll need... 

Daddy & I - 5 Special Father’s Day Traditions Daddy & I - 5 Special Father’s Day Traditions

on Tuesday, 16 June 2015. Posted in Family Life

Mark your special spot in Dad's heart with a Father's Day gift he can cherish for the rest of his life.

Mamas, guess who? He bounced around the delivery room on cloud nine, and took every opportunity to parade around town and show you off. He was the first man to show you unconditional love, and who kissed away your boo-boos when you fell and scraped your knee. He taught you how to ride your bike, to stand up to the bullies; he took you to school on your first day, and asked you all about it when he picked you up. He held your hand through exams and break-ups, snuck you chocolates when Mum said “no”, and surprised you with gifts when you least expected it. On all your big days, he was always there, beaming with pride - your graduation, your wedding day, the birth of your first child and everything else in between….

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