Doting parents lead to helpless Hong Kong kids

17:43, August 20, 2010      

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The overprotection and doting of some parents has led to ever more Hong Kong kids without the ability to take care of themselves.

According to a survey, almost half of the parents who responded said that their children cannot eat, clean themselves up and change clothes independently, and 15 percent of the respondents even said their children cannot use the toilet independently.

Experts said parents nowadays require their children to study hard and go to elite schools. However, their children turn out to have poor basic life skills and self-care abilities. They suggest that parents should not be overprotective of their children. Otherwise their children will probably grow up to be unable to solve problems and overcome setbacks in the future.

According to reports from Hong Kong-based Ta Kung Pao, apart from "Hong Kong girl" and "Hong Kong boy," "Hong Kong kid" has become the latest popular word in Hong Kong. "Hong Kong kid" refers to the new generation of children who are spoiled by their parents and servants and have extremely poor self-care ability.

To learn more about the "post-1990s Hong Kong kid phenomenon," a shopping mall conducted a survey on 650 parents who have five to 16-year-old children in July. The survey revealed that nearly 90 percent of the respondents have hired servants to take care of their children; over 70 percent of respondents said their children cannot do homework independently; nearly 70 percent of respondents said their children cannot carry their schoolbags on their own; over 50 percent of respondents said their children cannot brush their teeth, take showers and eat independently; and 15 percent of respondents said their children cannot use the toilet by themselves, with most of these children being between 5 to 8 years old.

According to the director of the Hong Kong Association for Parents of Gifted Children, the survey shows that "Hong Kong kids" have an over reliance on other family members and servants and assign all things they are suppose to do to others, resulting in their outrageously low self-care abilities. However, 80 percent of parents believe that their children have no problems, including 60 percent who think their children are good or excellent at self-care.

Rene Lien, a Ph.D. in psychology, said that the emergence of "Hong Kong kids" has resulted from being spoiled by their parents. "A 5 or 6-year-old child still cannot have a meal independently and teens themselves possibly cannot tie their shoelaces or do their homework. If they have difficult things to do, they will ask others to tackle it for them. It is difficult for them to face the music when experiencing setbacks and have low self-images," Lien said.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online


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