By Michael Evans.
Image credit: Kevin Schoenmakers.
A Dalian woman has changed her cell phone number 6 times in less than a year to avoid her son’s repeated calls asking for more money.
The woman, surnamed Wang, told local media (CN) that she sends a monthly allowance of 1000 yuan to her son, a college sophomore in Shenyang. While both she and her husband are temporary workers with no fixed income, Mrs. Wang says she still struggles to say no to her son’s requests for cash:
“When I see his phone number appear, my heart starts to race. Sometimes I’m afraid to answer my son’s calls, afraid he’ll ask me for money, and afraid I won’t be able to bring myself to say no.”
Dalian, it seems, has a knack for raising spoiled kids. Local media reported in October that a 74 year-old woman in the coastal city received a package full of dirty clothes mailed by her granddaughter, who had just started college in Qingdao.
The girl’s request for long-distance laundry service brought headlines and criticism from across the country, with many seeing it as yet more evidence of the increasing “softness” of China’s post-90s generation.
The official China Youth Daily suggested that the story pointed to a deeper problem:
Students and parents both are to blame for today’s youths’ ignorance and inability to cope with modern life. But parents cannot change their habit of sheltering and thus spoiling their offspring overnight especially because of the pressure of homework on students in today’s exam-oriented education system.
In the meantime, some experts have suggested that schools establish special training programs in order to teach basic life skills to incoming freshmen before the semester begins.