28 October 2016
According to the boy's timetable, he must wake up at 5 a.m. and go to bed at 11 p.m. Photos: Xinhua,
According to the boy's timetable, he must wake up at 5 a.m. and go to bed at 11 p.m. Photos: Xinhua,

Mainland tiger mom orders son to study 18 hours a day

A 30-year-old mother from southwestern China’s Chongqing municipality has designed a harsh study regimen for her nine-year-old son, which leaves the boy with only six hours of sleep at night.

A photo of the child’s packed schedule has gone viral on mainland social forums, and many netizens accuse the “tiger mom” of cruelty to the boy, Chongqing Times reports.

“With that kind of schedule, can the boy still enjoy his childhood?” was the typical comment on online social networks.

According to the schedule designed by the mother, an alumna of Peking University who is surnamed Liu, the boy must wake up at 5 a.m. and go to bed at 11 p.m. everyday.

Aside from his regular classes at school, he has to attend eight training sessions over the weekend.

He first studies ancient classical literature at 6 a.m. before going to school from Monday to Friday.

The timetable also requires the boy to watch the China Central Television newscast every evening.

On weekends, the boy is kept busy with various extracurricular activities.

For example, he attends lessons on how to play the piano, the board game go, calligraphy, Math Olympiad, taekwondo, swimming, English and Latin dance.

Liu doesn’t think there is any problem with the way she raises her child.

“This was how I grew up,” she said. “My father was a soldier, and he taught me this way.”

She said every activity serves a function and is critical to her son’s development.

Learning taekwondo and swimming is important to train his body and increase his masculinity, while attending piano and Latin dance classes is intended to cultivate his artistry — that’s important for him to find a girlfriend in the future.”

Liu also said: “English is a must so he could pursue his studies abroad. Logical thinking is also important. That’s why he trains for the Math Olympiad as well as the game of Go.”

“Studying classical Chinese literature gives him a chance to learn from the traditions, and practicing calligraphy teaches him how to be patient.”

Liu thinks parents should set goals for their children to help them secure a bright future.

But does the boy get enough rest with just six hours of sleep?

“Humans have a biological clock, and they’ll be fine once they adapt to it,” Liu said.

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