A video showing a six-year-old girl kowtowing on the street over 20 times to beg her mother’s forgiveness after badminton practice at a Hong Kong sports center has stirred up a heated discussion over “tiger parenting.”
The incident took place on a street outside the Tai Hing Sports Center in Tuen Mun at around 11 a.m. last Thursday morning, Apple Daily reports.
The scene was videotaped by a middle school student surnamed Zheng on his way to play basketball at the sports center. According to Zheng, the mom went absolutely nuts when her daughter kept looking the wrong way during practice.
As the two were heading home, the mom shouted furiously at the girl: “You never look the right way when you are playing! You keep on walking and don’t come home with me!” Seconds later, the sobbing child knelt down on the ground and began to kowtow to her mother, pleading: “I know I was wrong. I’m sorry.” After the girl had bowed about 20 times, the mom finally led her away.
Zheng mentioned that several people had passed by and tried to persuade the mother to stop, but she would not listen.
Zheng, who seems like a cool guy, said that he didn’t agree with the tiger mom’s parenting methods because it showed a lack of respect for the child. He added that the mom probably always makes her daughter kowtow when she does something wrong.
Unsurprisingly, many netizens also had problems with the mother’s parenting, commenting that a child deserves their dignity just as much as a parent. “No matter how bad a child behaves, a parent should never scold them on the street!” one web user wrote.
Another netizen wondered if the child wouldn’t perhaps enjoy a more laid-back approach to practice: “Why in the world would this mom train her kid like she was Lin Dan?”
Watch the video here:
By Lucy Liu
[via Apple Daily]