Is this child abuse, or does pushing your kid to extremes help make them stronger? This guy had his kid out in the snow wearing only underwear and sneakers!!! WTF???
A Chinese dad on a visit to New York made his 4-year-old son run and do push-ups in the snow to develop a “masculine temperament” — while the boy was dressed only in gym shoes and a pair of yellow underpants.
The dad, He Liesheng, insisted he was simply trying to get his son to develop a “masculine temperment.”
He claims his brand of tough love has helped his son, Ho Yide, overcome developmental difficulties after he was born with water on the brain.
But reaction to He’s video, which went viral on the web after the dopey dad shared it with friends, has been harsh in his native China.
And it has ignited a fresh debate over China’s tough parenting style, which is described in the controversial Amy Chua book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.”
In interviews with media in his hometown of Nanjing, He said he was in the city for Chinese New Year, which fell on Jan. 23.
There was two inches of snow on the ground in Central Park that morning and the low temperature was a crisp 34 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
It is not clear from the video where exactly in the city it was made, but New York license plates are visible on the cars.
Little Ho is seen whimpering and shivering in the footage and a man’s voice can be heard exhorting him to run and exercise.
“He agreed to go out to run in the snow naked or else it wouldn’t be possible for me to take his clothes off,” said He, who runs a bed linen company. “He wasn’t very happy when he felt the cold.”
He has been dubbed “Eagle Dad” by his countrymen, because those birds have been known to push their offspring out of the nest to get them to fly.
The dad said he’s also taught his son Kung Fu, dancing, cycling and mountain climbing — and has thrown the boy into freezing water to toughen him up.
“I also give him cold ice cream on cold winter days to train his stomach to get used to the cold,” he said. “He rarely has a cold or fever.”
Man, talk about tough. Seems like his father has good intentions, but we kinda prefer the nurture method over this eagle business. Watch the video of poor little Ho Yide running around in his drawls in the snow below: