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“Unconventional” relocation – the challenges facing LGBT parents

by ParentalChoice
in Relocation, Parenting, LGBT, Hong Kong
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Being a ‘trailing spouse’ in a relocating family has its inherent challenges, but these can be amplified if the relationship could be considered ‘unconventional’ – a label that in many countries still applies to LGBT relationships. Expat communities everywhere are most visibly comprised of professional couples, with e...

Shhhhhh…children sleeping

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Children's health, Children
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When children get the sleep they need, they are able to grow, learn and develop properly as they age. Although often far lesser considered, sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise for a child. Rest varies by individual, and these patterns change as throughout early childhood and throughout an entire lifetime.  Daily Sl...

A Dad’s Share

by ParentalChoice
in Working Dad, Shared Parental Leave., Childcare, Career
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Back in November 2014 my wife and I were overjoyed with the arrival of our daughter Beatrice. Being at home with her for those first two weeks was amazing and she was perfect in every way, but a month in to her life she was diagnosed with hip-dysplasia and we were told she would need ...

Summer Camps – a guide for separated parents on avoiding conflict

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Parenting, Holidays, Family, Children, Childcare
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Summer Camps are becoming an increasingly popular way of entertaining your children during these long summer breaks, and for good reason. In theory, your child will enjoy a week or two away from the sofa and their phones, and you can have a week or two without the constant worry of how you are going ...

The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Father

by ParentalChoice
in Working Dad, Shared Parental Leave., Parenting, Childcare, Career
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I’m a three-time stay-at-home dad of two: a seven-and-a-half-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son. That sentence has way too many hyphens in it. Where was I? My first stint as full-time carer for my daughter was by choice; I’d been freelancing in the marketing/PR field for a while and earning well, so when my wife’s ...

Are we over-testing our children?

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Education, Children
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There is a feeling among many that the tests children are required to take at primary school in England are overly complex and a source of “unnecessary” pressure on children at too young an age. On the contrary, the Government says testing is an important part of ensuring that children master the basics of reading, writing ...