My Sinchew/ Family

The empty nest syndrome

Mention the term "empty nest" and one’s mind immediately conjures up a picture of an empty house. Gone are the hustle and bustle of growing children, the noise and laughter, the activities and all the chores of parenting.

Conflict in marriage

Conflict is a normal part of any marital relationship. In fact, a lack of conflict is not necessarily a good sign. It could mean that there is no life, no energy, no passion left in the relationship. The partners may have become so indifferent to each other or of so little consequence to each other that they don't attempt to interact meaningfully.

The role of mothers

‘Motherhood' as I see, is a gift. It is a calling and a vocation from God. But, like all gifts, we have a choice of appreciating it, accepting it, and cherishing the responsibilities and joys it brings, or considering it an encumbrance, a duty or even a burden. Our attitude must be examined.

Family fun time and traditions

Fun and play are important for children. I often marvel at a child's capacity to enjoy fun. Take a look around Sunway Lagoon or any other theme park and watch how these youngsters enjoy themselves with total abandonment.

Disrespectful behaviour

Showing respect towards elders is a much valued virtue in our society. This is shown in the way we address them. As soon as a child learns to speak, we are careful to teach him to address older people as Uncles and Aunties or their equivalent in the child's mother tongue.

Marriage killers

"And they live happily ever after…." so ends the fairy tale. This is also the hope and aspiration of those who enter marriage fully convinced that they are the right person for each other. They are deeply in love and believe that their love will see them through any rough patches. Any breakdown or failure in marriage couldn't be further from their minds.

Effective parenting today

It is interesting to note that in life we are trained in almost every area and made to understand the importance of living successfully, there is usually no training given to prepare us for parenting. Most of us either imitate what our parents thinking to ourselves, ‘I didn't turn out so bad' or we try to glean from other people we know whom we think have done a good job as parents.

Building self-esteem in children

Parenting is one of the most challenging tasks we face as adults and yet almost nothing is done in our education system to prepare us for parenting.

Sex education

"Where did you learn about sex and sexuality?" A casual survey among teenagers was revealing -- they learn about the facts of life mostly from friends, books, magazines, TV, movie, pop songs, and the Internet. Very few indeed have the privilege of being taught by their parents on this crucial aspect of life.

Preparing for adolescence

A team of doctors decided to conduct an experiment to study the ways in which group pressure influences young people. To accomplish this, they invited 10 teenagers into a room and told them they were going to evaluate their "perception" in order to learn how well each student could "see" the front of the room from where he sat.


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