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Hong Kong's parents want: more studying less chatting 香港父母說︰多讀書 少聊天

Hong Kong parents would rather their children studied than talked to them, a survey has found.

More than 70 percent of the 4,151 parents questioned preferred their children to do something academic instead of playing sports, doing chores or spending time looking after their brothers and sisters.

Talking to parents came second ­— but only got 11 percent of the votes.

The survey was carried out in May and June of this year among the parents of children aged seven to 10.

A similar survey last month found that academics were the main topic of conversation with parents for 38 percent of students questioned.

The survey was organized by a charity that also published a list of insults and reprimands made by parents to their children.

These included: “I'd rather have given birth to roasted pork than you!” and “You're so stupid! Do you have a brain?”

This isn't the first evidence that high-pressure parents can get out of hand. Last week, Hong Kong police arrested the mother of a 7-year-old girl after she allegedly slit the fingers of her daughter with a kitchen knife for not doing her homework.

In September, a Hong Kong mother and father were convicted of manslaughter for suffocating their 10-year-old son to death by locking him inside a suitcase when he refused to do his homework.(DPA)










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