Spoiled kids lack toughness: Jackie Chan

The actor says he is dismayed at the manner parents are bringing up their children nowadays.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 15:54 IST

Action star Jackie Chan says he is dismayed by the rising number of parents who are spoiling their children - something he even noticed on the set of his latest movie,

Project BB

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"For example: a child wanted to eat something and the parents refused, and as the child began to act up and pretended to cry because there were no tears his parents immediately surrendered and offered the little master food with two hands," Chan said on his official website Friday.

"Since the child knew his parents would give in, he tried the same trick again and again," Chan said.

He said such tactics didn't work when he was a child. "When I look back to when I was young, when parents said no they meant no, no matter how much you cried and how many times tears would run out, it would be useless. We knew that losing our temper and crying would not get us what we wanted so we wouldn't dare to lose our temper or cry easily," Chan wrote.

The Hong Kong actor expressed concern that spoiled children lack toughness.

"I also feel that being overprotective and over-caring to your own children will turn them into fragile little flowers in a greenhouse who won't survive a tough storm. Then, when they face difficulty and defeat they can't handle the pressure or the failure, making it easy to make mistakes," he said.

Chan also recalled his tough training at Peking Opera school, where he was taught martial arts, acrobatics, singing and acting as a young child.

"Back when I was in school, my classmates and I learned our kung fu not by training, but by getting hit," he said. Project BB is reportedly the story of three gangsters who kidnap a baby.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 15:31 IST