What Teens Can Teach You About Screen Time

Feeling glued to your smartphone? Choices teacher-advisor Amy Lauren Smith—a 6th to 8th grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China—collected some surprisingly poignant advice from her class.       Last month, I had the pleasure of going to the Hong Kong headquarters of one of my favorite athletic wear brands. … Continued


  Dengue Outbreaks has been on the rise, from China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South America, to Africa. In Guangdong alone, there were over 23,000 confirmed dengue fever cases in 2014.  Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease that infects an estimate of 50 to 100 million humans worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Dengue viral … Continued

The Truth About Air Filters

Scenario: The AQI has been sky high, but your pad is packed with purifiers so nothing to worry about right? Not quite.Even if you have enough purifiers to make your home look like a showroom, no matter what model you’re using, if the filters haven’t been changed in a while, chances are you’re simply recycling dirty air back … Continued

10 Medicines to (Hoard)Bring to China by Carol Ong

Every month we present to you, No-Nonsense Mommy Tips by Columnist Carol Ong who touches everyday parenting dilemmas that we all face.This month she writes about stocking on medicines from abroad . Almost every expat parent faces this conundrum while repacking their bags when heading back to Shanghai  .Here is what she has to say….   10 Medicines to HoardBring to China … Continued

Warning about Carbon Monoxide

I just wanted to give all the Mamas a warning about a potentially very dangerous situation that I learned about the tough way- TWICE! In 2007, we had a gas leak in our apartment that resulted in dangerous carbon monoxide being released into our home. My two-year daughter woke up in the middle of the … Continued