Manner mode: Defusing tension on the train

Mar 19, 2016

Manner mode: Defusing tension on the train

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Commuting to and from work during peak hours in Tokyo can be an utterly soul-destroying experience. With passengers jammed in like sardines in a can, the suffocating conditions on many trains can elevate stress levels and cause tempers to fray. Given the sheer number ...

Crafty ways to have fun without mess

| Dec 12, 2015

Crafty ways to have fun without mess

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For some parents (or maybe it’s just me), there is one particular festive word that causes instant anxiety: “craft.” The seemingly innocuous “c” word conjures instant images of The Ideal Parents, sitting down patiently with their children, sprinkling glitter on freshly gathered pine cones ...

Nov 25, 2015

Indian surrogates feel hurt by government ban on foreign clients

For thousands of childless couples the world over, India has been the go-to destination to fulfill their dreams of becoming parents, thanks to its well-trained doctors, well-appointed fertility clinics and vast numbers of poor women willing to serve as surrogate mothers. Not anymore. The ...

One way to keep the kids on their toes

| Oct 10, 2015

One way to keep the kids on their toes

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There are few certainties in parenthood, from the ever-changing sleeping habits of babies to the unpredictability of toddler tantrums. One fact, however, can almost always be depended upon. However hard a parent tries to avoid gender stereotyping, almost every little girl will at some ...

It still takes a village to keep our kids safe

| Sep 12, 2015

It still takes a village to keep our kids safe

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The murders of 13-year-old Natsumi Hirata and 12-year-old Ryoto Hoshino in Osaka last month sparked a heated conversation in the media about the state of parenting in Japan. Hirata and Hoshino were caught wandering the streets on security cameras during the wee hours of ...