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'Eagle Dad' defends extreme parenting methods

By ZHENG XIN (China Daily)

09:02, November 13, 2012

Wang Shaoyan has caused controversy and attracted public criticism with his parenting of his 4-year-old son Wang Dingsen. YANG JIAFENG / FOR CHINA DAILY

A father in Wuhan, Hubei province, dubbed "Eagle Dad" for his controversial parenting style, has dismissed critics' claims that he pushes his 4-year-old son too hard.

Police officer Wang Shaoyan came under the spotlight this month after his child took part in an 18-kilometer race in the Hubei provincial capital.

Some parents attacked his methods of extreme physical training, while others reacted strongly to his admission that he regularly exposes the youngster to cold showers. "I just want my son to reach his full potential," Wang said, adding that 4-year-old Wang Dingsen not only finished the 18-km race but also left many adults behind him.

"My son runs 3 km everyday," he said. "He also takes cold showers from time to time to strengthen his body's resistance and willpower."

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