Parenting: newborns to toddlers

Parenting: newborns to toddlers

The early years are vital for your children's development. During this time they learn to walk, talk, feed themselves and interact with others. We share parents' stories and tips on what to do, where

to go, what to expect and how to give your offspring the best start in life.

Chinese parents are spending big bucks on their kids’ lifestyle
On a typical weekend in Beijing’s Changping district, you will find Jiang Cong spending the morning picking strawberries with her child in a rural garden and lunching together with friends in a mall.  Once they’re done, both mother and child will then usually head to an indoor playground for the afternoon. The cost of such a day is about US$155, Jiang told state media outlet Economic Daily on Sunday. It’s the price affluent Chinese parents are now paying to make sure their children are entertained while living more well-rounded and healthy lives. Parental desires to give their offspring more diverse life experiences has resulted in a children’s goods and services market – including food, dr
Hitting children could soon be banned in China
Should spanking a child be against the law? It may soon be in China as a new law appears ready to be passed by the country’s top legislative body. If it is approved by the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament, the country will join dozens of nations to make it illegal to hit children, even under the guise of home discipline. But the proposed new law has reignited debate online, with supporters and critics split over a “spare the rod, spoil the child” view on parenting. The well-used proverb represents a view that if a parent refuses to discipline an unruly child, that child will grow up to become a spoiled brat. Besides showing no tolerance for families who subject their children
A single mother didn't receive maternity benefits. So she sued
Being a single mother is difficult enough, but contradictory laws in China also mean that unmarried women do not enjoy government schemes aimed at helping new parents start their families on the right foot.  One single mother’s failed attempt to fight for her insurance subsidies spotlighted the regulatory hurdles single mothers in China have to overcome to raise their kids. For Chris Zou, a three-year odyssey through the Chinese court system, left her exactly where she had started: tasked with raising her three-year-old son without government help. Married couples in China are entitled to maternity insurance and a subsidy program that provides financial aid after their child is born. It’s a
This is how to sneak through a security check
A girl bored of waiting in line snuck through baggage security at a train station in eastern China’s Shandong province. Her parents and the security officers didn’t notice when she crawled through the X-ray machine. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, the radiation emitted by X-ray machines is 1 millirad or less, while the average level we are exposed to in the natural environment is 360 millirads every year. So she should be OK. Watch the video, above, for more.
How a Chinese toddler locked an iPhone – for 47 years
Here's a cautionary tale for every parent who's ever handed their toddler a screen to distract them. A two-year-old boy in Shanghai managed to disable his mom’s iPhone for 25 million minutes – or 47 years – after repeatedly entering the wrong passcode, news website Kankanews.com reported.  Each time the wrong keys were pressed, the phone was disabled for an increasingly long period of time. An Apple technician said that the mom could either wait the full 47 years – or wipe her phone.  Chinese netizens who read the story were judgy AF: some parents said the mom should never have allowed her child to play with the phone alone, while others said she should have backed up her data. So what was t