• A Parent Perspective

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    “Time goes by very quickly, learn to appreciate and enjoy each and
    every stage with them, including the seemingly unbearable ones.”
    –   Cinci Leung, Chinese Medicine Practitioner and mother of 2

    Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your family and your career?

    I’m straight forward, optimistic and curious. I am the type that when something comes to mind, I would need to immediately act on it and follow through. My family consists of me and my 3Hs – my husband Henry, my son Harry and a newborn daughter Hannah. I’m a registered Chinese medicine practitioner and practice in my own clinic in Central. Apart from seeing patients, I promote preventive healthcare. I am constantly exploring new ways to promote Chinese Medicine and preventive healthcare. I’d like to continue to share my insights and knowledge of how simple dietary changes can help us to maintain our health and that of our family.

    I launched my first book, Chinese Healing Soups, in July 2015, which is now on its 7th edition. I also recently launched my second book, Chinese Healing Soups 2, which focuses on children from age 5 months to 12 years old. I am opening a new shop by end of October, which will be a TCM clinic plus herbal drinks shop. There are definitely a lot of exciting things coming up!

    Congratulations on your new book which is again one of the bestselling cook book in Hong Kong. Can you give us one tip on healthy eating for children?

    Thank you!
    There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to children diets but if I could only stress one thing, it would be- less cold and raw foods. It will hinder the development of the children’s stomach and spleen, (which acts similarly to the digestive system). When the stomach and spleen are weak, a person will have a hard time absorbing necessary nutrients from the food they eat or would be prone to developing related illness like eczema, diarrhea, or loss in appetite.

    How do you juggle between work and kids?

    I have become good at multitasking. My clinic hours are by appointment only, so it gives me more flexibility to complete different tasks in between appointments. I’m also very passionate towards what I’m doing- I love being a TCM practitioner and I love my kids, which makes me very efficient at completing the various tasks involved.

    With your knowledge and background in Chinese medicine, any health tips you can share with other moms out there with young children?

    Simple dietary changes can make a significant difference. For example, rice water is a simple remedy to lessen the burden of our digestive systems and nourish the stomach and spleen. So here’s a quick recipe for your readers-

    Ingredients: 2tbsp of White rice, 2tbsp of Red rice, 2tbsp of Coix seeds
    Method: Rinse all ingredients and pour into a pot with around 600mL of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Rice water must be consumed within the same day.

    Can you tell us a bit about Essentials by Cinci? What is the philosophy behind this brand?

    I have recently renamed my brand to CheckCheckCin, which means “to check first” in Cantonese. Checking first will kick-start a balanced living, which is the key to a new preventative approach using traditional Chinese Medicine principles to make easy and healthy decisions. Each individual has a unique body type, so it’s important to “check first” and eat right for your individual needs to prevent a multitude of ailments and illnesses. Bitter medicine and strict diet regimes aren’t the only paths to a healthy lifestyle! Under CheckCheckCin, we will soon be launching an easy-to-use mobile app, new lifestyle products and a new herbal drinks shop, so stay tuned!

    What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received as a parent?

    Time goes by very quickly, learn to appreciate and enjoy each and every stage with them, including the seemingly unbearable ones.

    Top tips for women who want to reach their full potential and ‘have it all’?

    Be patient and take the time to find your true passion. Do not aim to “have it all”. When you’re doing something you really love, it’ll be easy to immerse yourself in that field – and you’ll develop an intuitive feel for the opportunities that lie ahead.

    To find out more about Check Check Cin, please check out www.facebook.com/cinciec

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  • Did you know?

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    “KindyROO is where parents gain knowledge about important milestones that children need to reach” – Marianne Schriever, Neurophysiological Development Specialist

    Building the Learning Blocks for Life
    We were fortunate enough to catch up with Marianne Schriever, Neurophysiological Development Specialist and ambassador for KindyROO (also known as GymbaROO). Given her extensive experience of travelling abroad and talking to parents and teachers about KindyROO, we chat about the most common questions parents ask about the programme.

    In just under 5 minutes, Marianne covers:

    1. What is the KindyROO programme all about?
    2. How is KindyROO different to a playgroup?
    3. What is the recommended age to start KindyROO classes?
    4. What does a normal KindyROO class look like?
    5. What does KindyROO ultimately do for my child?

    Watch the video with Marianne here.

    For more information about KindyROO including programme descriptions for 6 weeks – 3 years, sample class rundown and KindyROO class schedule, visit our KindyROO@SPRING page.

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  • Did you know?

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    “Emotion coaching helps children regulate
    their emotions and develop the ability to soothe themselves.”
    – Winnie Keung, Psy.D., M.A., B.S.S.

    The Why’s and Wherefores of Emotion Coaching

    Now that we’re in an era where people put a lot of emphasis on grades and test scores, it has become more important to try our very best to help nurture and teach our children how to become emotionally intelligent individuals. Emotion coaching is all about helping your child learn about feelings, relationships, social behavior and the world around him/her. Emotion coaching helps children regulate their emotions and develop the ability to soothe themselves.

    Children who are able to balance their positive and negative emotions well are rated by teachers to be more friendly and assertive and less aggressive and sad. Such children are also able to respond more pro-socially to peers’ emotions, and are seen as more likable by their peers. This emotional competency is thus important to help form and maintain friendships.

    Parenting styles and the importance of emotion coaching

    Dr. John Gottman, a psychologist who has studied parenting emotion philosophies identified three types of parents who fail to teach their kids emotional intelligence and they are:

    1. Dismissing parents, who disregard, ignore, or trivialise children’s negative emotions;
    2. Disapproving parents, who are critical of their children’s displays of negative feelings and may scold or punish them for emotional expression; and
    3. Relaxed parents, who accept their children’s emotions and empathise with them, but fail to offer guidance or set limits on their children’s behavior.

    In contrast, parents who are able to validate and label their child’s emotions and model expressed emotions, are found to be related to a child’s ability to succeed in the preschool classroom.

    It is noted that children who at age 5 receive emotion coaching, (i.e. the ability to talk about emotions while having them), are not overly emotional with their peers at age 8 because they have developed the skills to handle situations appropriately. These children are typically more aware of their emotions, and can regulate their upset feelings more easily through their actions and behaviours.

    How can I emotion coach my child?

    The key to effective emotion coaching is the strength of the relationship between you and your child.

    Dr John Gottman and his research colleagues uncovered five steps in their studies of successful parent-child interaction:

    1. Acknowledge your children’s feelings.
    2. Help them to name the feelings, allow them to experience their feelings, and stay with them while they experience the feelings.
    3. Listen while trying not to divert their attention away from their feelings nor scold them for feeling that way.
    4. Respect their feelings and let them know that their feelings/wishes are valid.
    5. Set behavioral limits, discuss goals, and offer strategies to your child for dealing with situations that trigger negative emotions.

    Before responding to your child, it’s a good idea to ask yourself, “Will what I’m about to do help me connect with my child and help him/her cope better with similar situations both in the present and in the future?”
    Connection and closeness are crucial to a strong parent-child relationship. It is the context for all your interactions.

    Winnie Keung, Psy.D., M.A., B.S.S. is a Clinical Psychologist at HOME Psychological Services

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