23 August 2019
Mom is seen as the chief disciplinarian in Hong Kong families. Photo: HKEJ
Mom is seen as the chief disciplinarian in Hong Kong families. Photo: HKEJ

HK kids see mom as tiger, dad as cat

Most Hong Kong families take a “tiger mom, cat dad” approach to educating their children, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday, citing a survey.

The poll was done by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Caritas Hong Kong. They interviewed 2,007 secondary school students aged between 12 and 16 from September to December 2011.

It found that the children’s mothers are stricter than their fathers with them, while the fathers are usually seen as caring more about them.

This may relate to the traditional division of labor in a typical family, in which the man mainly deals with external affairs and is the chief breadwinner, while the woman mainly handles domestic affairs and does more housework, the paper said.

Thus mothers spend more time “governing” their children, including imposing discipline, while fathers get to spend less time with their children owing to their work commitments, the report said.

Rowena Lai, supervisor of Caritas Hong Kong’s social work services department, was quoted as saying parents should avoid using the approach of “one is strict, while  the other is loose” in educating their children.

She suggested that fathers bear more responsibility in disciplining their children and try to understand their expectations.

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