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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.


Adolescence can sometimes be seen as a time when children are developing physically at a faster rate than they are emotionally. Hence, what is perceived as adolescent misbehaviour is really an expression of the inability to cope with the demands of school, family and society.

Six keys to lifelong love

For anyone contemplating marriage, here are six straightforward recommendations that will increase the chance of living happily ever after.

Building self confidence in children and teens

During a recent children’s camp, children were asked to provide their opinions on discipline. A large majority of the children gave a negative response.



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