The Indian family of four has been living in Hong Kong for almost 6 years. When they were first settling here, the real challenge was establishing neighbourhood relationships and integrating into the community.
“Kiu-kiu used to be a whiny kid in the past. He would lose control on the street, scream loudly and throw himself to the ground. At first we thought he was just having a tantrum, and I would scold him loudly to stop him.”
When Wing Wing was very small, her mother had separated with her husband. Grandma didn’t want Wing-wing to grow up pampered as she had already lost her father. Hence she was harsh in training Wing-wing to take care of herself.
Just like governments would enact laws to protect citizens’ safety and properties, any organisations that are involved in taking care of children should have a Child Safeguarding Policy for their employees to follow.
The mother said her husband had just passed away from illness, leaving her to take care of the son by herself. Her son was recently diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder and speech delay. He kept crying and looking for his father, she did not know what to do but scold him.
Sharing happiness with other people is easy, but sharing hardship is difficult. We treasure it when parents put their trust in us, despite we have not experienced their pain and may not truly understand their feeling.
When Shan Shan (nickname) entered the playroom, she started to use the toys to poke my leg and then placed them onto my arm. She stared at me and smiled without saying a word. Most adults might see these behaviors as challenging their bottom line or drawing attention.
Due to different reasons, some new-born babies in our society may not experience the love and care from their families. Thankfully, there is still a group of selfless child care workers who work very hard to take care of and protect these children who are not so fortunate.
In recent years, dual working parents have become very common and it is difficult for them to take care of their newborn babies all around the clock. Therefore, the grandparents are stepping up to look after the children in many families.