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/*By Tatum Hawkins*/ The first time I heard about “FOMO” was a few years ago. My husband’s aunt was complaining about how her freshman daughter had this weird disease that was keeping her up at all hours of the night; it was making her sick with worry because she wasn’t sure if her daughter was going to make it out of college alive with this horrifying FOMO thing going around. What in the world? “Tell me more!” I gasped wide-eyed. "FOMO" – Fear of Missing Out – as it turn...

/*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 ...

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

*/By Siobhan Brown/* Losing friends to repatriation is a constant reality for expats living around the globe and possibly the hardest part of the expat experience. Saying goodbye to those we have formed strong bonds with is never easy, and the adjustment that follows can also be challenging.  >/“It is difficult to quantify precisely how many families relocate or >repatriate to Shanghai each year. However, a significant number are in a >state of transition and struggling with cultural f...

Reading to your little one before bed is a great way to send them off to the land of nod. It’s also a lovely part of the bedtime routine that you can continue for many years. We all remember having bedtime stories read to us, and your children will too. We asked around the office and here are some of our favourite bedtime stories! ...

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