Results from the Hong Kong Children Happiness Index for the 2017/18 academic year, released just last week, showed a significant drop in the happiness of nine-year-olds in Hong Kong. Our children are introduced to the happiness deficit at an increasingly young age. Photo: Alamy Results from the Hong Kong Children Happiness Index for the 2017/18 academic year, released just last week, showed a significant drop in the happiness of nine-year-olds in Hong Kong. Our children are introduced to the happiness deficit at an increasingly young age. Photo: Alamy
Results from the Hong Kong Children Happiness Index for the 2017/18 academic year, released just last week, showed a significant drop in the happiness of nine-year-olds in Hong Kong. Our children are introduced to the happiness deficit at an increasingly young age. Photo: Alamy
Alice Wu
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Alice Wu

For the love of their children, parents must cure themselves of the compulsion to compete at all costs

Alice Wu says yet another survey result of unhappy Hong Kong children begs the question why parents who are dismayed by the news nevertheless continue to pile on the pressure for their kids to excel

Results from the Hong Kong Children Happiness Index for the 2017/18 academic year, released just last week, showed a significant drop in the happiness of nine-year-olds in Hong Kong. Our children are introduced to the happiness deficit at an increasingly young age. Photo: Alamy Results from the Hong Kong Children Happiness Index for the 2017/18 academic year, released just last week, showed a significant drop in the happiness of nine-year-olds in Hong Kong. Our children are introduced to the happiness deficit at an increasingly young age. Photo: Alamy
Results from the Hong Kong Children Happiness Index for the 2017/18 academic year, released just last week, showed a significant drop in the happiness of nine-year-olds in Hong Kong. Our children are introduced to the happiness deficit at an increasingly young age. Photo: Alamy
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Alice Wu

Alice Wu

Alice Wu fell down the rabbit hole of politics aged 12, when she ran her first election campaign. She has been writing about local politics and current affairs for the Post since 2008. Alice's daily needs include her journals, books, a multi-coloured pen and several lattes.