Some interesting discussions are going on in the BeijingKids forums:
I need major help with advice I have been dating my girlfriend for some time now , whom I meet in Beijing also she is of foreign nationality studying in Beijing, Chinese language she has just become pregnant still in early stage, but problem I have just before we realized she was pregnant as I knew she had Chinese medical insurance and not worth paper its written on, I planned to move her onto my insurance cover plan with Nordic General now they rejected maternity cover as they believe that’s why I was making the application at that point she was two weeks pregnant, therefore I notifed them of state once we found out just over one month into pregnancy. The other issue is that her current insurance as just found out does not cover materiality as typical from Chinese insurance they believe students should not have time to get pregnant but should only be concerned with studies! Last issue from searching nearly all Chinese insurance don’t provide cover if woman is unmarried FFS! Also I have been trying to find costs if need to pay for the birth at Beijing hospital! Of course we could return to my home country for birth but would prefer to stay in Beijing! I would like some advice and what options are available to me, many thanks for your kind support…
Admin points us to an interesting article in "Great food for thought from The Atlantic: How to land your kids in therapy":
"Could it be that by protecting our kids from unhappiness as children, we’re depriving them of happiness as adults?"
BeijingBaiwen is "looking for families with children! Any nationality, religion, etc:;
and Yours Truly raises the issue of young childrens’ exposure to violence in society and the media in "Ministry of Tofu Video – 7-year-old girl uses violence against her cousin, cheered on by her father":
Recently, a video of a 7-year-old girl bullying her cousin of the same age has become viral on Chinese internet. The girl’s father, who is the brother of the little boy’s mother, stood aside and cheered the girl, who had clearly gained the upper hand, while videotaping the entire episode. The girl, emboldened by her father, was getting fiercer. The boy, by contrast, cried “Mom” and sustained visible bruises around his mouth.
Check these threads out, chime in and add more of your own on the BeijingKids forums here.