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Q: Has the "1 Child" policy created a nation of spoiled brats?

Laziness and entitlement is running rampant throughout the youth of this country. I contend the 1 Child policy has played a large role in this phenomenon. Children are the center of the universe. Fathers rarely say no when their teenage daughters ask for money. I've seen kids hit their parents in public if they don't get their way. Cheating and plagiarism is an acceptable form of passing exams. Sleeping in class is a way of life. Failing a student is frowned upon. Where is this place headed?

8 years 33 weeks ago in  Lifestyle - China

 
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Unfortunately Derek, I have to agree with you.  The one child policy (while not truly adhered to in many cases), have created a crop of spoil brats who think nothing is too good for them, and that they deserve everything under the sun.

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They're not all bad. Some of the kids I teach are truly lovely little people, and show every likelihood of turning into wonderful adults.

Some of them are spoiled little sh!ts that would greatly benefit from a kick up the arse.

The ones that make me really sad are the kids who clearly have a sweet nature, but are being wrapped in (metaphoric!) cotton wool and not encouraged to do anything for themselves. How are they meant to cope when they get out into the real world?

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Well, maybe not necessarily brats, but it's very likely that the majority of them are spoiled to the point of being unable to take care of themselves in the future. Their parents do everything for them. And even when they finish college or whatever, their parents will send them money until they have a job. All these kids have to do is study and do well on tests. Their parents take care of the rest. There's one woman I know, she has a little girl. This girl throws a tantrum. In America, that kid would get a time out or get sent to her room. Instead, she holds her daughter, asks her what she wants (She said bu yao to everything) and was still throwing a fit over 10 minutes later. A time out can solve that in half the time, no damage to the child. The parents don't know how to punish their children because their parents didn't punish them either. It's partly the culture thing, wanting your kids to love you so they take care of you when you're old. But hey, my parents punished me, I didn't like it, but if they needed my help, I'd give it to them.

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I think this policy, while necessary once upon a time for wider issues, has created a couple of generations of people who are basically selfish, self-absorbed egoists. It's impossible to blame the kids for their, sometimes, atrocious selfishness as they do not receive proper discipline. If there's one thing foreign teachers in China can actually do it's to engender values of teamwork, consideration and empathy in a small number of these little darlings.

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I've seen kids hit their parents too. It's insane. If I ever did that I would have DIED.

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I am of the same opinion, the kids here are ridiculously spoilt! They're babied and spoon fed well into their 20's! 

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The children from rather poor or humble families seem to generally be fine, since the parents either can't or don't want to spoil their children. But the children of middle class or rich families... So far, they seem spoilt beyond repair. True little emperors, who often grow up to be delinquants.

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Children here in China don't have brothers and sisters so they don't learn about sharing or caring for others when they are young they just want to be entertained. As such they aren't generally well adjusted individuals in terms of morals or tradition. Chinese people born and still living in the big cities are hopeless, they'd sell their mothers organs for an iphone, drive over a baby for an ipad and gladly eat their own children for a macbook. So are the kids spoiled? Yeah a little but  mostly they just take after their parents.  

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http://www.france24.com/en/20180422-korean-air-boss-apologises-hot-tempered-daughters-resign

 

apparently korea has some spoiled brats as well, although it is usually the males in china that make a fool of themselves not the females so much.

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