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

Thanks For a Great Party!

We’re very proud to tell you that the 11th Annual Shanghai Mamas Family Day Celebration held at YCIS on November 19th was a huge success! The event received rave reviews from families who came out by the hundreds to celebrate our vibrant community over music, food, activities and games. We hoped to be able to … Continued

How Parents Can Help Kids Make Healthy Choices in Middle School

  Recently, my principal had a great idea. Rather than scramble to help parents deal with issues as they pop up throughout the year, he decided we should take a preventative, rather than reactionary approach. Our health program has always followed that model, but that’s for the students. The parents are often left to navigate … Continued

Giving Our Children the Best in Dental Care

Interview by Siobhan Brown   Many parents have lingering questions regarding their children’s teeth and too often children do not see a dentist until well after their first birthday. Delayed dental visits can cause permanent problems and it’s important to know that baby teeth do play an important role in your child’s development. Shanghai Mamas sits … Continued

Anxiety in Children: Little people, big fears

By Melinda Weber, MA, LPC Living in a foreign country can be a thrilling adventure for children. New homes, new schools, new friends from diverse backgrounds, and new languages are all exciting stuff! However, the exhilaration of broadening worldviews and exotic travel can make children anxious. Big changes can be particularly overwhelming for them, as … Continued

A Letter from Redleaf Hospital

Note from Shanghai Mamas Exec Committee: Redleaf Hospital has been a great sponsor of ShanghaiMamas for 2016-2017 and we regret they are being forcibly relocated on such short notice. Since we know many of our members are also their clients, we wanted to reach out for a statement and help them to spread the word … Continued

Why shop with Epermarket?

    Save Yourself Some Time With Epermarket!   Shopping with them couldn’t be simpler. With their convenient delivery times, free same day delivery, flexible payment options and accessible international customer service, they make grocery shopping even easier – and also your life!   Who is Epermarket?   Epermarket is your online expat supermarket, where … Continued

Xinjiang: a new frontier

By Hannah Zheng   Xinjiang, to me quite literally a new frontier, is a place I’d longed to visit. The largest Chinese administrative division (larger than Tibet, and nearly seven times the size of the U.K.), it sits in the far north west of the country, a melting pot of diverse ethnic groups, languages and … Continued