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Leaving HK for the kids...

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  1. #141

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    As many other posters have noted, everything is relative to your own experiences. My daughter has a massive level of independence in HK that she has never had anywhere else we have lived. When we lived in the Middle East there was little or no public transport, so she had to be driven everywhere. As I worked, this meant that she often missed out on things, especially during the holidays, as I simply couldn’t get to the play date / meet up / summer camp venue and pick her up because I’d be at work. Here she happily takes the bus and the MTR, meets up with friends all over the city, and makes her own arrangements. Obviously she keeps us informed, but she has really loved being able to get herself to and from places without depending on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MABinPengChau:
    I had the opposite experience- in the US, the kids were driven everywhere by Mom and Dad but when I lived in Tokyo she could get everywhere on her own using public transit- felt it was a much more normal life than the US. No public transport whatsoever where we lived...

    Of course, if you don't LET your kids out, they will never have the positive (and negative) experiences of being independent and sorting out how to get places on their own.
    Cross posted. Totally agree with you.

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    That did make me laugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauljoecoe:
    Mothers don't contribute to society if they look after their own children?
    I think if anything, adding human population to this planet is actively destructive to society, especially if it is at first-world levels of consumption and wastage
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    Quote Originally Posted by GentleGeorge:
    I think if anything, adding human population to this planet is actively destructive to society, especially if it is at first-world levels of consumption and wastage
    I wouldn't necessarily disagree with that point, although it's a lot more complicated than that. However, on your original statement, it's interesting what you might term contributing and not contributing to society and how looking after a child affects that.
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    Just curious did anyone hear about that us is requesting Americans to leave now? I saw something like this in YouTube,but didn't see formal news... There used to be 80k+ Americans in HK, not sure how many of them left so far? Will the us consulate stay here?


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    Quote Originally Posted by HahaLady:
    Just curious did anyone hear about that us is requesting Americans to leave now? I saw something like this in YouTube,but didn't see formal news... There used to be 80k+ Americans in HK, not sure how many of them left so far? Will the us consulate stay here?
    Don't believe everything (or anything) you see on YouTube
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