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/*By Ryane Liao*/ One of the most remarkable things about being a teenager is that we, as members of a constantly evolving global community, have learned to develop our own language. We encode meaning in the most interesting ways: * Having earphones in means “don’t talk to me” * “Lol” means I’m not actually laughing – it’s a defense mechanism against awkward tension. * Calling someone “a savage” is highly complimentary, despite the word’s definition. While tee...

/*By Ryane Liao*/ People these days have unrealistically high expectations, especially when it comes to romance. Guys are looking for an independant woman that isn’t too overpowering, a girl with brains and beauty, someone who’s chilled but still shows that they care. Most teens like the idea of a relationship but are also playing the field to see what other fish are still in the sea tha...

This time last year, a very well known high-street brand launched a clothing line for kids, which ruffled a few feathers to say the least. The girl’s line was called “Social Butterfly.” The boy’s line? “Little Scholar.” Wow, right? Of course, social media was in an absolute frenzy and rightly so. Our little boys would be going out into the world wearing a shirt emblazoned with the idea that they could achieve anything they want, which is great. But our little girls were merel...

"Don't sit with your back to the fire, you'll get nauseaus." "Take your coat off inside or else you won't feel the benefit outside." "Eating cheese before bed will give you nightmares." There may be some truth to the wives tales we’re told growing up, but a lot of these funny old sayings don...

Dr Quan Fang, Chief Surgeon at Shanghai East Inter...

*/By Siobhan Brown/* Losing friends to repatriation is a constant reality for expats living around ...

Reading to your little one before bed is a great way to send them off to the land of nod. It’s al...

We caught up with a couple of experts who gave us some sage advice on how to create a great sleeping environment for your little one, and how to survive the tough times. Louise Roy has been living in Shanghai for almost 12 years and you may know her as one of the original ‘Shanghai Doulas’. She has been working in the baby game since she graduated university, and as well as being a Certifi...

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