Baby boy or girl?

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PARENTING -

IT is il­le­gal and un­eth­i­cal to use med­i­cal meth­ods to choose the gen­der of your baby.

Nonethe­less, a cou­ple who has three girls and wants to try con­ceiv­ing again would love to have a boy this time. And, vice versa for a cou­ple who has all boys.

There are old wives’ tales, preg­nancy kits and even var­i­ous meth­ods that claim to help cou­ples choose the sex of their baby. Just Google “gen­der se­lec­tion” and you’ll find var­i­ous op­tions.

What is the truth, and which of these are just empty prom­ises, lies and out­ra­geous claims?

Ob­ste­tri­cian & gy­nae­col­o­gist and fer­til­ity spe­cial­ist Dr Ng Kok Chong tries to clear the air on the is­sue.

He be­gins by as­sert­ing that gen­der se­lec­tion is in­deed un­eth­i­cal.

“We nor­mally don’t en­cour­age it but for those who al­ready have three girls or three boys and want a baby of the op­po­site sex, then we can help ad­vise them,” says Dr Ng.

He re­veals to ParenThots some meth­ods that of­fer a bet­ter chance of get­ting a baby girl or boy.

Is­sues

Par­ents are al­ways wor­ried about CAR­RIE Ju­nior is giv­ing ParenThots read­ers a chance to win some ex­cit­ing prizes in the Kids Fun­time Photo Con­test.

All you have to do is write a slo­gan and sub­mit a photo.

The first prize is RM1,000 cash and a Car­rie Ju­nior ham­per worth RM500. The sec­ond prize is RM500 their chil­dren – who they are friends with, what they are do­ing and where they are go­ing.

While it is im­por­tant to trust your chil­dren, many par­ents ad­mit to a bit of spying to en­sure their kids are safe.

Should par­ents trust their chil­dren com­pletely? Or is a lit­tle bit of spying now and then OK?

A par­ent and a psy­chol­o­gist share their views on the mat­ter. Visit ParenThots to voice your opin­ion.

Un­so­licited ad­vice

What’s a mother to do when ev­ery­one thinks she needs tips on how to bring up her kids?

Mother-of-two Maizura Abas writes about strangers of­fer­ing un­so­licited ad­vice and her re­ac­tion to them.

Book re­views

Games We Used To Make And Play is a good re­source on games Malaysian chil­dren have been play­ing over the years.

Nur­tur­ing The Win­ner & Ge­nius In Your Child sug­gests that par­ents nowa­days need new par­a­digms and cre­ative strate­gies to help us con­nect with their chil­dren.

Want to win a copy of Fun For Kids In Malaysia by Ly­dia Teh? It of­fers stuff to do in all Malaysian states. The list cov­ers how to get there and get­ting around each state. In­cluded in the list of ac­tiv­i­ties are mu­se­ums, li­braries, na­ture at­trac­tions, ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, sports, per­form­ing arts, arts and crafts, fes­ti­vals and shop­ping. To find out how you can win a copy, go to parenthots.com/ con­tests/fun4kids/.

DVD re­view

Our DVD re­view col­umn is back! To start off, we have a re­view of Hachi – A Dog’s Tale. Suit­able for the whole fam­ily.

Gen­der se­lec­tion: Some cou­ples are con­sid­er­ing choos­ing the sex of their ba­bies be­fore they con­ceive.

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