Making Friends: A Shanghai Expat’s guide

Making Friends: A Shanghai Expat’s Guide by Casey Hall LifeLineShanghai Of the many challenges facing foreigners when they move to Shanghai – and there are many – the loss of a support network is often the hardest to overcome.Living as an expat can feel like an unreal existence. In “real” life, people form friendships through … Continued

Mindful Me, Mindful Little Me

Mindful Me, Mindful Little Me   This increasingly popular life skill and mindset for adults can be cultivated through breath awareness meditation and other present moment practices, but is it possible to get little ones to sit still, pay attention and become more calm and focused too?     Mindfulness is the practice of paying … Continued

Brace yourself: Puresmile tells us all about orthodontics

An Interview With Dr. Chan, By Siobhan Brown        For parents that are considering orthodontic work for their children (braces and wisdom teeth removal being the most common) this article has important information for you to consider. Orthodontists are specialists who correct alignment and straighten teeth and their work is essential to patients … Continued

Fantastic CNY Reads and Where to Find Them

by Jackie Park     Shanghai Mamas has very kindly been given permission to reprint this article, which originally appeared on Jackie’s blog, , bringing up her two small children in their Chinese-Malaysian-Filipina-Korean mixed family in Beijing. Please check it out for more interesting articles (no VPN required).    Last week, Jackie featured Miss … Continued

Childhood Asthma: Care and Cure with TCM

By Doris Rathgeber, Founder & General Manager of Body & Soul – Medical Clinics         Pediatric asthma is a fairly common condition, with approximately 10% of children suffering from it. Kids tend to develop asthma between the ages of four and five. When an acute outbreak occurs, early symptoms are mild chest … Continued

Safe Haven Shanghai – volunteers needed

by Melanie     Global statistics for domestic violence reflect that 1 in every 3 women experience domestic violence at some point in their life*. When people think of domestic abuse, they typically associate physical violence but there can also be emotional, sexual, financial, or psychological abuse that makes someone feel victimized and hopeless. There … Continued

Culture Burnout

Most of us living here have faced the burnt of living in foreign land. During such hard times, it is difficult to feel grateful for all the rich experiences we have enjoyed, and all too easy to feel obsessed with negativity. Here are some simple guidelines to help negate those unhealthy feelings. By Rachel Middagh and Carrie Jones, LCSW     You’ve been … Continued