My grandma asked me yesterday if there was an issue with child abuse in Taiwan (She was taking about interacting with my 1.5 year old cousin, who has been trapped in a world of giants his “whole life” due to COVID, she didn’t ask out of the blue).
I didn’t really know what to say. I responded by saying that I don’t really agree with a lot of parenting styles, but I don’t think I’d chalk a lot of it up to child abuse (though there is plenty of beating of children and we have some families that don’t make sure their children have clean clothes or eat breakfast before coming to school in the morning, despite the fact that there could not possibly be a financial issue with those families).
Monkey see, monkey do. New parents see other parents ignoring their children while they run into the road or handing their phones to their toddlers, what other modeling do you have? I’m not going to say it’s unique to Taiwan, but I most certainly see it as more of an issue in Taiwan the US. But it’s bad everywhere.
And lockdowns have drawn attention to everyone on Earth how much responsibility teachers and other non-parent caregivers have for children and why you really do need the village.