Family rules

When children bicker, parents should counsel and discipline them in their own rooms.

Adults should not quarrel.

Disagreements should be talked through and resolved harmoniously.

Husbands should not criticise or find fault with their wives or children in front of other family members. They should seek the advice of elders if there are problems.

No complaining about meals.

No littering, graffiti, or vandalism.

No gathering in groups to gossip.

Respect elders, address them when you see them. Take good care of the younger generation.

Children must tell parents if they plan to return home late or stay out for the night.

Youngsters cannot bring home friends of the opposite sex to spend the night. Accept work that is delegated.

Prime 'example of family values'

Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing on Saturday praised the Tan family behind the Prime supermarket chain for treating their staff like family.

"Though it is a family business, they do not refer to themselves as the Tans but as a united body of workers and they share the rewards with their staff," said Mr Chan, in Mandarin, at a forum and book launch to mark the family's 100 years in Singapore.

He said Prime Group International was a good example of how small and medium-sized enterprises could lead the way in creating a pro-family environment. It is not only big companies that can do this, he said.

More than 400 guests attended the book launch and forum held at the Chui Huay Lim Club in Keng Lee Road to discuss how to better balance the demands of family and business.

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