Date
22 September 2017
About a third of Hong Kong parents spend at least 10 hours a week helping their children with school work. Photo: AFP
About a third of Hong Kong parents spend at least 10 hours a week helping their children with school work. Photo: AFP

Most HK parents dealing with difficult children

Most Hong Kong parents are having difficulty dealing with their children’s emotions, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday, citing a survey by S.K.H. St. Christopher’s Home, a child-focused Christian social service organization.

A smaller proportion is having to deal with their children’s negative emotions.

The survey polled 1,089 parents with children aged between three and 12. It was conducted from April to May.

About 32 percent of the respondents spend more than 10 hours each week helping their children with school work and 38 percent are under pressure from them.

Nearly a quarter use corporal punishment to discipline their children and 19 percent scold them, both on a regular basis. About 80 percent scold them at one time or another.

Supervisor Carmen Chan said St. Chirstopher’s Home accepts mostly children whose parents have died or suffer from serious illnesses.

Of the new intakes last year, 59 percent were special-needs children sent by their parents who could no longer care for them.

Chan said the situation is very alarming.

Resident psychologist Luk Wing-see said many parents are more accepting of their special children if their performance meets their own requirements.

Luk called on parents to show more appreciation and recognition for their children’s efforts and reassure them that they understand their difficulties.

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