Date
25 July 2017
The six-year-old boy (inset) thinks that his parents will no longer love him if he has a sister or brother. Photos: Reuters, baidu.com
The six-year-old boy (inset) thinks that his parents will no longer love him if he has a sister or brother. Photos: Reuters, baidu.com

Boy vows to starve self to death if mom has second child

China has decided to end its decades-old one-child policy, but it seems some of the so-called “little emperors” have yet to reconcile themselves with the fact.

A video of a six-year-old mainland boy vehemently objecting to having a sibling is making the rounds of the internet.

In the video, which runs for one and a half minutes, the tyke cries as he tells his mother that he would rather die than see her bring a second child into the family, Ming Pao Daily reported on Monday.

“Mom, if you dare to have a second child, I would leave home one day while you are sleeping, and starve myself to death,” the boy says.

Mom asks: “Aren’t you afraid of bad guys taking you away?”

“I’ll put it this way,” the boy replies, “I couldn’t live if you delivered a second child.”

“Why not live?”

“I don’t want a brother or sister, because you would share your love with them, and no longer love me.”

The mother assures her son that his parents would continue to love him, but the boy is adamant.

“If you dare to have a second child, I will see to it that I die,” the boy says. “Now let’s see if you want that to happen or not.”

Netizens said the boy, apparently spoiled by his parents, needs a little “disciplining”.

Others say that he must have been told by playmates or someone else that his parents would no longer love him if he gained a sister or a brother.

It’s not clear if the mother is bearing a second child.

In late October, the ruling Communist Party decided to end the country’s one-child policy and allow couples to have a second child amid an aging population and shrinking labor force.

The policy, introduced in the late 1970s and early ’80s, has given rise to the so-called “little emperor syndrome”, in which the only child, usually a boy, is showered with excessive attention and affection by the parents and grandparents.

The boy sometimes grows up into a spoiled kid, who has grown accustomed to having things his way and throwing tantrums when he doesn’t get what he wants.

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