‘I don’t feel that my par­ents love me less, but more’

China Daily (Canada) - - HOLIDAY -

13, a sev­enth grader from Qian’an county, Jilin prov­ince

At first I didn’t agree with the idea that­my­momwanted an­other child. I felt like she might love me less if we had an­other child in the fam­ily. How­ever, my par­ents per­suaded me, and I even­tu­ally agreed.

My young brother is now 6 months old, and he’s re­ally adorable. I re­ally like him when­ever I see him, and I babysit him formy mom. I don’t feel thatmy par­ents love me less, but more. I also feel as thoughmy sta­tus in the fam­ily is ac­tu­ally higher.

There are also many fun things in life. I can teasemy lit­tle brother. I eat snacks sit­ting next to him, and he is al­ways anx­ious and drool­ing that some­times he even cries. Then, I sweet-talk him so he calms down, be­fore I be­gin teas­ing him again by start­ing to eat again. I find this quite fun.

There have in­deed been changes inmy fam­ily. My fa­ther is now a stay-at-home dad. My par­ents look after my brother at home in the sub­urbs, while I go to mid­dle school in the town. My school is far from home, so my grand­par­ents look after me in the town. I go back to the coun­try­side withmy grand­par­ents dur­ing the sum­mer and win­ter hol­i­days.

When I get to our house in the coun­try­side, it’s usu­ally quite lively, and al­most every­thing is aboutmy brother. The house is of­ten a mess be­cause his stuff is ev­ery­where.

Most of the time he is okay— he goes to sleep after he has been fed and he plays when he wakes. How­ever, he does oc­ca­sion­ally cry out for no rea­son, which is an­noy­ing. Well, I’mnot at home of­ten, so I guess I’mlucky.

There has been no change re­gard­ing pocket money, be­causemy mother still gives me cash.

My rel­a­tives have shifted some of their at­ten­tion to my brother, but I’mhappy about that be­cause I don’t like too much at­ten­tion.

SongWeiya spoke with Han Jun­hong.

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