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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 12:48 AM
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17. Well, I did a bit of reading.
Edited on Fri Apr-01-11 12:50 AM by tabatha
Some of the spoiling is highly unusual - I would say aberrations. The following are amazing, and are not because of "one child" - but because of poor parenting.

DINNER TIME FOR ONE 5-year-old girl consists of granddad chasing her through the house, bowl and spoon in hand, barking like a dog or mewing like a cat. If he performs authentically enough, she rewards him by accepting a mouthful of food. No problem, insists granddad, "it's good exercise for her."

An 11-year-old boy never gets up to go to the toilet during the night. That's because his mother, summoned by a shout, gets up instead and positions a bottle under the covers for him. "We wouldn't want him to have to get up in the night," his mother says.

Another mother wanted her 16-year-old to eat some fruit, but the teen-ager was engrossed in a video game. Not wanting him to get his fingers sticky or daring to interrupt, she peeled several grapes and popped one after another into his mouth. "Not so fast," he snapped. "Can't you see I have to spit out the seeds?"

These do not seem like actions of parents who are worried about losing an only child. Why would they not do the same if they had two children? Anyway, seems one cannot extrapolate behaviors here with those in China. My bad.
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