What should I do when confronted with dishonesty in children?

What should I do when confronted with dishonesty in children? Written by: Family Dynamics Psychological Counselor, Lai Shun Mei Every time a child does homework, he or she falsely claims to have a stomachache, to go to the bathroom, or to go to sleep. Thousands of lies and excuses. Parents who value character development are naturally outraged because they have zero tolerance for dishonesty in their children. But why do children always avoid doing their homework? Why do they have to lie to cover it up? Often, children avoid doing homework not because they don’t want to, but because they can’t. Children want to be good and smart, but when they find out they can’t do

“Is there a problem with a boy playing with “girl” toys if he likes them?”

“Is there a problem with a boy playing with “girl” toys if he likes them?” Source: Children’s Play Therapy Instructor Lai Shun-Mei Little boy likes princess books and models, and also likes pink. There are many types of dolls and toys that children like, and many parents may worry that their son likes princesses and pink or worry that their daughter likes to play with toy cars. What is this worry? Do parents really need to worry? We are used to seeing girls wearing pink dresses and hats, but when we see them playing with fire trucks and swords, we feel uneasy. This is actually called “gender role expectations” in psychology. Gender role expectations refer to

Can mindfulness also help stabilize children’s emotions?

Can mindfulness also help stabilize children’s emotions? Registered clinical psychologist, Dr. Felicia Lee  Recently, many people have been learning mindfulness to manage their emotions and think more clearly. However, mindfulness can also help us stabilize children’s emotions. Mindfulness, also known as “jing-nim” in Chinese, is a concept that combines Eastern philosophy and Western science. Mindfulness is about consciously and non-judgmentally focusing our attention on the present moment. We are aware of where our focus is at this moment, and we do not think about whether something is right or wrong. We just observe and describe. So how can we use mindfulness to help stabilize children’s emotions?  The most important thing is to stop first. This requires

How can eating habits make your child’s skin healthier?

How can eating habits make your child’s skin healthier? Source: Registered Dietitian (Public Health) (UK), Ng Pui-Yu Many kids have dry skin or even eczema, and their parents work hard to find the right moisturizers and other skin care products for them. In fact, in addition to topical skincare products, we should also pay attention to children’s diets. The most direct way, of course, is to drink more water. How much water should be drunk? In fact, our body’s need for water is deeply influenced by the weather. For example, in dry weather, we need more water, as well as to account for children’s activity levels and how much they sweat. The water content in food