#126 ‘Full-time’ children 全职儿女

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What kind of work do you do? Do you work full-time or part-time? Recently, there is a new job trend in Chinese social media called “full-time children” (全职儿女). We often talk about full-time moms, but what exactly are full-time children? How do young people in China view this phenomenon? Today, let’s discuss it together!

Full-time children refer to individuals who don’t work and instead live with their parents at home. In Chinese, there is also a term called “parasitic singles” (啃老族), which refers to people who neither work nor earn money, relying solely on their parents. “Parasitic singles” is a derogatory term, but being a full-time child is considered a job because they perform household chores for their parents, who in turn provide them with money. Recently, there was news about a 40-year-old Chinese man who returned home to become a full-time child. His parents give him 5,000 yuan every month, and his job is to help with household chores and keep his parents company. Later, it was discovered that many other young people have also returned to their hometowns to become full-time children.

Why do these young people choose to become full-time children? Some of them do it due to immense work pressure. In many Chinese companies, employees are expected to work from 9 AM to 9 PM, six days a week, a schedule known as “996”. Such demanding work is detrimental to their health. Therefore, some young people choose to resign, return home to spend time with their parents and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle, killing two birds with one stone. “Killing two birds with one stone” means achieving two benefits with one action. If there are more benefits, we can say “killing multiple birds with one stone”. Some young people believe that resigning to become a full-time child allows them to have a relaxed life and also spend time with their parents. There are also those who become full-time children due to unemployment, as they have no choice.

A netizen named Julie shared her story of becoming a full-time daughter: She is 29 years old this year and has worked in Beijing for six years. Her job is exhausting because she works overtime almost every day. She often goes to work at 9 AM and doesn’t return until past 1 AM, living like a walking corpse. Eventually, her health deteriorated. Her parents are getting older and have retired. So she decided to quit her job and become a full-time child, dedicating herself to accompanying her parents. Now, she does household chores, chats with her parents, goes for walks, exercises, and so on every day. She is happy every day now and has time to think about what kind of work she wants to do in the future.

However, not all full-time children are happy. A netizen named Xiao Gao said that he had to return to his hometown and live with his parents because he lost his job. Now, he feels anxious every day. He believes that he is “parasitic” and feels ashamed and embarrassed. He doesn’t like relying on his parents, so he works hard every day to find a job, but he hasn’t found one yet, which adds to his anxiety.

If given the choice, would you prefer to become a full-time child or work and earn money on your own? Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts!

1 thought on “#126 ‘Full-time’ children 全职儿女”

  1. 我同意这两个网友的选择。如今找工作很难的任务,必须有的条件众多,工作时间很长,工资很低,怎么办呢?我们不得不在家,和父母一起住。如果我想一个人住,要么我有很高的工资,要么我应该和爸妈住。在意大利没有别的选择,除非你和别的大人同屋。

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