My Sinchew/ Family

Warning signs of an affair

Though affairs are often unpredictable, there are recognizable symptoms of a troubled marriage.


Disciplining the primary school child

One of the first words in a child vocabulary is "NO"--usually accompanied by an emphatic shaking of head. From where did he learn this? Chances are he learned it from his parents. What makes us say "no" more readily than "yes"? One of the reasons is that we are concerned about the child's safety. By saying "no" we seek to mark out the boundaries to protect him from harm and danger.


Dr Bill Maier addresses premarital sex issue

In an age when premarital sex and living together is becoming more and more common-place and acceptable within the social norms, it isn't often that couples discuss the negative aspects of premarital sex.


Caring for Ill or Aging Parents

Most parents are accustomed to caring for their children – no matter their ages. So what happens when these roles reverse?


Disciplining the preschool child

The preschool child is very active and enjoys this period of their life tremendously. Parents who recognize this can similarly enjoy this period together with the rambunctious child! Even though they may not be verbally fluent, they understand and observe more than we usually give them credit for. Treating them as individuals with personalities of their own and recognizing and respecting their likes and dislikes is an initial step in establishing a bond of love and mutual respect.


Family Fun Time photo contest

Take a FUN family photo during the holidays and share it with us! A grand prize of RM1,000 and many more prizes worth RM8,000 to be given away!


More on marriage issues

In any marriage, there are ups and downs and there are times during fights when one party wishes he or she could just walk away from it all. Some resort to promise "never to fight" again or to simply take a walk in the park when arguments get too heated.


Single parents

Parenting in itself is a difficult role but single parents have an even more arduous task ahead of them. They have to play their own role as well as the role of the absent parent. While most religions frown on divorce especially if there are children in the family, parents who have lost a spouse through death are usually given the love and support of the religious bodies and the extended family. This is important and can be built upon to make up for the absent parent.


The use of punishment and rewards

Punishment and rewards, the stick and the carrot, are useful tools in disciplining children, provided they are used wisely. Here are some of Dr Dobson's comments on the use of rewards as positive reinforcement and the withholding of rewards as a means to help a child unlearn negative behaviour.


Families under fire

The family can be under constant attack and it is the responsibility of each family member to combat these attacks and be committed no matter what. Let us look at some situations.