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    Agree with Elle and carang. We have one child, but she has learnt to share and help. She helps me open the door if I am carrying something, she will help be lay the table and clean up after dinner, and sometimes doesn't mind telling daddy also to help if required. It is what and how we teach our children. If sometimes she catches us not saying please or thank you, she tells us that we not being polite.
    She has seen us holding the door for other people to pass when we go out or come back home and now she waits for everybody else to pass holding on to the door, and we praise her for that. It depends completely on the parents what attitude we show to our kids and they grow up with the same values.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carang View Post
    i also think that one child is not the norm here.
    The norm is less 1.09 child oer fertile woman (2012 estimate). Of course, there will be a number of woman with zero children and a number with two or more. But, I think it is hard to dispute there are far more one child families here than in most places on earth.

    As you can see here, Hong Kong is 220th in a list of 222 countries for "replacement ratio".

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publicat.../2127rank.html

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    sorry, i'm only going by what i see in my two playgroup centres. there are very few only one child families. i would agree that there are perhaps more here than in "home" countries, but almost every child that comes to us is at least one out of 2...

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    I think after going through SARS, many HK people are very particular about cleanliness. They tried to minimize the need to touch frequently used common things like door handles, lift buttons. So maybe that is why they like to wait for others to open doors for them.
    I have my share of 'opening' doors for others while managing a stroller. But I have also experienced on many occasions on mtr and buses where people gave up their seats when they saw that I was carrying a baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carang View Post
    sorry, i'm only going by what i see in my two playgroup centres. there are very few only one child families. i would agree that there are perhaps more here than in "home" countries, but almost every child that comes to us is at least one out of 2...
    Fortunately, we are able to draw on more comprehensive statistics. From last years census, you can select the 5th link

    http://www.census2011.gov.hk/en/main-table.html

    Domestic Households by Household Composition, Household Size and Number of Children Aged Under 15 in Household, 2011 (D105)

    For 2,368,796 domestic households, we can see

    Zero children: 1 767 777
    One child: 407 699
    Two children: 172 121
    Three+ children: 21 199

    So, the numbers make it very clear than "one children families" are the overwhelming norm here and approximately two thirds of families with children have a single child.

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    interesting to note... perhaps it has something to do with finances? if they can afford playgroups for their kids, then they can afford more than one...
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    Possibly.. I would think it has a lot to do with education level and household living space. There is a strong inverse correlation between average education levels and average family size.

    Plus, when most families live in very small apartments - sometimes with elderly relatives - it must be a disincentive to have more children.

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    Wow I can imagine if we have a gathering we will have so much to talk, laugh n discuss about. How interesting.
    Instead of silly advertisement they have on TV, they should have One like, telling people " courtesy is for free, courtesy is for u and me!!" another ad on a "must have" sanitizer with us since they are so afraid getting "GERMS" from door handles, lift buttons!! Hahaha..
    To the extend I don't walk behind people and rather open my own door :(
    Yesterday this lady was awesome, to my surprised she walked quickly, overtake me n open the door for me, she must be thinking I'm crazy, cos I feel so thankful, told her she is really great, thank her and said she is really kind.. Could be one of I here that had opened the door for me!! (just kidding)
    This is what I would do for other people even with a pram I would hold door for another mom with pram or others that need help. Isn't this is a way it should be? Makes everyone happy!!

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