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PARENTING ADVICE

When considering preschool or kindergarten for your child, there are many choices in Shanghai. But what about before preschool – is there somewhere, besides playgroups and staying home with the ayi, for your little ones to get extra stimulation and an edge on socialization before heading off t...

Melanie Ham, owner of *Lunabelle Lactation [1]*, offers sound advice to breastfeeding mothers.   .... *What are some of the myths about breastfeeding you’ve encountered since working here in Shanghai?* I have heard so many over the 10 years of supporting breastfeeding families in Shangh...

Parents want to raise kids who are grounded, with a smart attitude toward money. It’s tough in th...

In this fifth and special edition of our Around the Table series, we caught up with three of the* original moms from our January 2016 issue [1]* to find out how their deliveries went and how life has changed since meeting with them a year ago. Ally Mona had Marjorie Rose on January 27th,  Kristi Jones had Sienna Lily on February 26th and Carri Griffin had Charlotte Mei on March 3rd, 2016. All healthy girls graced  the cover of our *January/February issue [2]*, along with Oliver Emil, b...

It can be a very confusing world for girls these days. Society and the media expect girls to be confident, but chastise them for doing so. This confusion begins as girls approach middle school and continues through high school and beyond.   Many times, the message girls receive is that they are not living up to the “standards” set by society. According to a report from the New York University (NYU) Child Study Center, “the media, including television, movies, videos, lyrics, magaz...

Several months back, an informal WeChat support group called Preggos in Pudong was started up and has now grown to 16 members. These women had a lot on their minds and were eager to share their experiences and tips for impending motherhood while living in Shanghai. Of those who participated, w...

By the time she was 13, Lara Niggli had lived in four of the world’s most vibrant cities. She und...

Shanghai is a great city for young people and there’s plenty to keep your teens entertained. And in spite of its size, Shanghai is reasonably safe. There’s not much crime, and what there is, is mostly petty theft. If teenagers apply the same vigilance and attention as they would back home, t...

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