What to do if your child doesn't want to celebrate Chinese New Year

Dr Richard C. Woolfson
magyoungparents@sph.com.sg

You would love all family celebrations to go according to plan, especially Chinese New Year. But you’ll get off to a thoroughly miserable start if your child refuses to wear red (she’d rather wear black), doesn’t want to make small talk with her relatives or play with her cousins (she’d rather remain glued to the iPad). And refuses to eat the traditional New Year dishes that her grandaunt has cooked for her (she’d rather eat fish and chips).

Uncooperative kids can be a real party pooper. Of course, you can’t force her to be pleasant and participate fully, but you can certainly encourage her to take a more positive approach to this special day in the family calendar. In the run-up to the festivities, talk to her about her…

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