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China: As Punishment, Dad Tells 3YO To Fill Bowl With Tears To Watch TV

The incident occurred while the father was preparing dinner and called Jiajia to the dining table. Absorbed in her television show, Jiajia did not respond.

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China: Father Tells 3-Year-Old To Fill Bowl With Tears To Watch TV

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A father from Yulin in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region of southern China has sparked controversy after punishing his three-year-old daughter, Jiajia, in an unconventional manner for watching too much television. 

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Father Tells 3-Year-Old To Fill Bowl With Tears To Watch TV 

The incident occurred while the father was preparing dinner and called Jiajia to the dining table. Absorbed in her television show, Jiajia did not respond, prompting her father to turn off the TV in frustration. This led to Jiajia crying, and her father decided on an unusual punishment. He handed her an empty bowl and said, "You can watch TV again when your tears fill up this bowl," according to the South China Morning Post.

The girl's reaction to this punishment was captured in a widely shared video recorded by her mother and posted on Douyin, a popular short-form video platform in China. The video shows Jiajia holding the bowl under her face, trying to collect her tears, and squeezing her eyes to produce more tears. After holding the bowl for over ten seconds, she expressed to her parents that her hands were tired and that it was "impossible for her to manage this task."

Her father then asked her to smile, leading to a poignant image of Jiajia giggling with tears still on her face, which amused her parents, according to the mother. However, the video did not sit well with many viewers and led to widespread outrage on social media. Numerous people criticised the father's behaviour towards his young daughter, calling it inappropriate and harmful.

Previously, parents punished their children for not completing homework by forcing the child to watch TV all night. The parents took turns watching the child to ensure he stayed awake. Initially, the child was content, eating snacks while watching television, but eventually, he became exhausted and began crying. He was not allowed to sleep until 5 a.m.

These incidents have sparked discussions about the appropriateness of such punishments and the psychological impact they might have on young children. Experts often emphasise the importance of constructive and compassionate discipline, arguing that punitive measures like these can lead to long-term emotional and psychological harm.

 

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