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The Tips That Every Parent Can Learn From

Kids are a joy for most parents. Most parents find great pleasure from interacting with their children and watching them grow up with the help of their guidance. While joyous, raising kids is certainly far from easy. The parenting tips below might be just what you need to solve one or two problems.


Have fun together as a family. Take a bike ride, go on vacation, visit the beach or take in a movie. Just spending time together doing what you love is the key. Your children will have wonderful memories from their childhood. And you will have more fun with your children.


A great parenting tip is to be aware of how your actions can influence your child.


If you curse a lot at home, don’t be surprised if your child gets suspended or sent home from school for bad behavior. Always try to set a good example for your child.


Never administer medication to your child for any “off-label” conditions unless the child’s doctor has given you specific written instructions to do so. Children do not always react to medication in the same way adults do. For instance, giving a child Benadryl to help induce sleep might actually have the opposite effect of hyperactivity.


Start focusing on nutrition very early in the child’s life. If you are able to convince them that they like healthy foods you can help them to avoid many of the health traps that the majority of adults suffer. You don’t need to deprive them of treats, but show them healthy tasty treats.


If your child becomes upset while traveling in the car, try giving them a magnetic toy to play with. Use a cookie sheet or cake pan and put a variety of magnetic toys on it. This should keep your child entertained even if you have to stop at a light or slow down for traffic.


It is important to establish realistic, achievable goals for your teenager. If your teen has a hard time with math, be sure to work with your teen to overcome obstacles and to establish goals that are reasonable. If you set goals that are not realistic, the teen will become frustrated and not work at all.

Start your child’s education as early as possible. Even when a kid is little, there are tons of games you can play with them that make learning fun. You can find games to teach them math, science, reading, spelling, etc. It’s never too early to start your child’s education, and if you make it fun, you’ll make them want to keep learning.


Establish a relaxing, fun bedtime routine to help ensure your child a good night’s sleep. When a child is having fun playing, or excited about what he is doing, it’s a real mood-buster to hear the dreaded words, “Bedtime. Right now!” Instead, try to wind down the evening with a 15 minute warning, followed by a bedtime snack, tooth-brushing, or maybe a few minutes of cuddling on the couch. An interesting, funny, or happy bedtime story is the perfect end to your child’s routine, as it gives him some alone time with you and helps him relax on his way to dreamland!

Monkey Tree Hong Kong Review by Ta Lent Yum

I would like to provide my Monkey Tree Hong Kong review as I’ve been working at Monkey Tree for a little under a year now. There has been positives and negatives but overall, I would recommend Monkey Tree as a good place to work.


The application and hiring process was straightforward. I literally sent through my CV and application form and was contacted a few days later via email calling me for an interview. I was already in Hong Kong at the time so I did it directly at their head office. I was asked to talk a little about myself, was given more information about the job, and also asked some hypothetical questions related to how I’d teach a class. I was offered a year’s contract on the same day and signed.

Monkey Tree Hong Kong review


The good thing about Monkey Tree Hong Kong is that you know exactly what you’re getting into. I’ve heard plenty of stories about ESL teachers working in private schools in China or Hagwons in South Korea getting ripped off or underpaid, but at Monkey Tree everything is clearly stated in writing. I knew exactly when payday was, my number of sick days, monthly wages etc. There are no hidden terms.


It’s also been 11 months now so I feel I’ve got a good handle of the pros and cons of working here.


Pay: For Hong Kong and especially for what you do, Monkey Tree wages are high, you’re paid well, always on time, and it’s possible to save a fair chunk. I had one friend who managed to save $120, 000 HKD after only a year.


Teaching: The good thing about Monkey Tree Hong Kong is that they have their own curriculum and lesson plans/materials ready for any native speaker to be taught. I’d never taught English prior to this and I felt pretty confident after my one-week training period. You get so good at your lessons and prepping for them that you end up with a lot of spare time on your hands if you’re not teaching. Lunch breaks are also long. You get 1.5 hours for lunch, 2.5 hours if you’re lucky and have no class directly after lunch. Everyone also gets a half hour break in the afternoon. These breaks were really good for me and others at my center who had hobbies they were working on. I personally studied Mandarin everyday during lunch and improved a lot in a ridiculously short amount of time.


I should also add there is an orientation/training period for all new teachers when they first arrive in Hong Kong which is great to ease you into the transition of being in a new country and work environment.


Communication with Monkey Tree Hong Kong: I never had any bad experiences. HR was always quick in responding to my contract-related emails, and if I ever called in sick the procedure was always clear that I get a doctors certificate and rest. Center Managers differ from place to place but I was lucky to work under a really fair and friendly Manager. She made my time at Monkey Tree enjoyable. I’ve heard of other friends who didn’t get on so well with their center managers but I guess like any workplace it’s a real lottery as to whether or not you and your work colleagues click.


Life in Hong Kong: This is hands-down the main reason most of us started at Monkey Tree right? Hong Kong is an amazing city to live in and I truly love this place. There is so much good food everywhere and it is literally cheaper and more convenient to eat out than it is to cook at home. The city is extremely safe, safe in that I’ll walk around at 2-3 in the morning and be fine. There’s also always something to do, whether you’re into a big night out, live-shows, hiking, film festivals, photography meetups, yoga, martial arts, Chinese culture etc, there is something for everyone of everyone budget. Hong Kong is a really complex place with so many societies within societies. It’s very modern yet subtly traditional in many ways. Finally the city is also great as a launch pad if you’re thinking of travelling to neighboring countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Don’t forget the rest of China though! I met so many teachers who had never even thought of trying China even though they were literally at the doorstep.


My review of Monkey Tree Hong Kong is that it does have its negatives which I’ll go into here. Firstly, you do work long hours, most days are 9 hours and 2 days a week you’re at the center for 10 hours. To be honest though this is Asia and long hours are the norm. The Summer period of Monkey Tree is also very draining. It’s basically a 2-month summer period in which you’re teaching and working much harder than you usually have to. Everyday becomes the same and it does get to you mentally. Keep in mind though it is only 2 months so it’s only a blink relative to the entire year. For me a personal negative was the fact my center kept receiving a lot of incompetent people who literally didn’t care about teaching and were there for an easy paycheck. I did feel hiring standards could improve. The last I heard though, interviews were becoming more stringent with a friend asked to give a quick 5-min mock lesson to see how they did. Also, most teachers do only stay for a year so any coworkers you don’t mesh well with tend to leave before your time is up.


I’ll finish by saying working at Monkey Tree is a real job. You’re paid well but in return you’re also expected to pull your weight and work long hours. It’s not like teaching in Vietnam or Thailand where you really cruise with only a few hours a week or half-days.


My overall Monkey Tree Hong Kong review is that things are laid out clearly for you. There’re no hidden surprises. Pay is timely and Hong Kong is a great place to live. You work hard but you also get paid well. I’d recommend this company to others.