21 February 2020

Christine Ma-Lau

Founder and Principal at JEMS Learning House
  • Parents should provide their children with guidance to help them live independently. Photo: Xinhua

    Learning from falling

    - Nov 4, 2016 5:33pm
    My son is four months old and I never ceased to be amazed by his growth and development every day. He can lift his head up, do some babbling and kick his legs. Every moment is...
  • Little things tell a lot about one’s upbringing. Start teaching your kids good manners and right conduct while they are still young. Photo: HKEJ

    Teaching a young boy to become a gentleman

    - Apr 22, 2016 6:31pm
    Hin Hin (not his real name) quietly leaves the classroom after seeking permission from the teacher to go to the toilet. Finding the toilet occupied, he waits patiently for a long time. But when it is...
  • Parents should equip children with the ability to overcome adversity, letting them know that they have unconditional love and support. Photo: HKEJ

    What we should do to ensure the well-being of our children

    - Mar 24, 2016 3:50pm
    The recent spate of student suicides in Hong Kong is worrying. Every suicide has some tragic underlying factors. They can be anything such as insurmountable pressures in life, psychological troubles, broken social relationships, and so on....
  • Children will learn how to forgive if their parents admit their own wrongdoings first. Photo: HKEJ

    What is forgiveness?

    - Mar 12, 2016 6:00am
    “It is far pleasanter to injure and afterwards beg for forgiveness than to be injured and grant forgiveness,” wrote German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. I couldn’t agree more. Yet, offering someone your forgiveness could help provide relief...
  • Children should be motivated to do good deeds as a natural response to a situation instead of calculating the usefulness of every action they do. Photo:

    How to prepare your kids for Harvard

    - Feb 27, 2016 8:04am
    I still remember vividly a talk given by a Harvard University admission officer. There was not a single empty seat in the hall and every parent was so eager for information, hoping to get some “exclusive...
  • Children who wait their turn show character. Traits like this should be highlighted to encourage children to appreciate and embrace them. Photo:

    Why moral education is a lifelong pursuit

    - Feb 13, 2016 8:01am
    At a recent banquet, I was asked what I do for a living. I replied that I educate children to become moral beings, with a sense of responsibility, perseverance, compassion, dedication to contributing to society and...
  • Since good habits take time to form, start teaching your children early on manners and etiquette. Photo:,

    Manners and etiquette for children: Start early

    - Jan 30, 2016 8:03am
    I can still recall vividly some cultural-shock moments that I experienced when I started boarding school life in the United Kingdom. Back then I was, for instance, impressed that people were keen on holding the door...
  • Parents should find time to bond with their children in a cozy, one-on-one setting. Photo: CNSA

    Take time out for better parent-child relationship

    - Dec 5, 2015 8:03am
    I have recently taken a one-week holiday with my mother. We went sightseeing, visited museums and tried out an array of local delicacies. But nothing is as important as our casual chats which brought us even...
  • Get your child to do better using affirmation and encouragement rather than tearing him or her down. Photo: HKEJ

    Humiliating your child is not effective parenting

    - Oct 10, 2015 8:00am
    When I was studying for my master’s degree in education in the United States, one of the lectures touched upon how parenting is shaped by culture. I conducted field trips in different neighborhoods, observing how parents...