Raising kids in China

Hello everyone,

How is raising kids in China different from raising kids in your home country?

What are the activities that your kids seem to enjoy the most in China?

Do you feel that the country is "family-friendly"?

Do you recommend China as a good place to raise kids? Why or why not?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


China is very family friendly.

It all depends on what passport that you have provided for your children. If you wish them to be non-Chinese, then you will limit their integration and educational opportunities.  They will need to be home schooled and attend an expensive private and international school. There are "work arounds" to enable them to attend local schools.  I would suggest that these be utilized.

I would prefer to raise my children in China rather than the United States.

The cultural attitude is really different and the pollution scares me.  My in-laws are always ready to step in and often overstep their boundaries in our child raising adventures.  Especially with the anti cold attitude.   In many ways it's been easier and cheaper with the frequent doctor visits but I also feel that the dirty environment is a cause of those frequent trips.
     For activities we always let our girl play in the playground and the children's play area at the local shopping mall.  She loves going outside and seeing new things and just walking around.

China is family friendly and my kids enjoy their time here.
I think if you don’t want to divulge your children in Chinese culture then you must pay a higher price for good education. Otherwise there are many good public schools.

In my experience, being a mom of children with special food needs, Chinese public school doesn’t suit us and usually the administration and staff in public schools are not well aware about expats different cultures and values so they cannot accommodate their needs.

But I really appreciate Chinese as a nation to respect your culture as they have such rich cultural heritage.

Our little boy is eight years old. He was born China-style (which is usually Cesarean) in a Chinese hospital, which is a story in itself. My wife within weeks registered him as an American citizen. The upcoming two years we did it the Chinese way which involved a slew of vaccine shots. We refused to start him in school for a full day at 3 like everybody else, and I began slowly teaching him English. He now goes to a Chinese school and has Chinese everything but gets his dose of creative thinking from me daily (my business involves art). I require him to exercise every morning, use his game-boy only on weekends and his mother takes good care of his -and mine- food intake as eating fresh in China is normal. He is a good boy. BUT he is still a boy and prone to boyish tendencies which I acknowledge and must council on constantly as his peers are taught regimental socialistic style. Sometimes I fear for his soul but feel he will be ok with constant encouragement and love. He now exceeds in reading and English skills and (poor boy) has a minimum of 2 hours of homework every night. What I find most remarkable is the machoistic thinking of most dads who choose NOT to get involved with their children. It is sad.

I was a bit tentative about sending my son to school in China, but so far, it has been a great experience for both of us.  Granted, we took the expensive bilingual route, mostly because he speaks only English, but as it turns out he is learning Chinese and even has Chinese playmates.  It has been great to see children of all cultures become one...and through his school, I have made some very good new friends...I recommend that all kids be exposed to and live in a foreign culture...

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