Ms. Zhou focuses on mental and psychological counseling for woman in rural areas.
After the Chinese New Year, a relative of my daughter’s friends contacted me regarding the education of her children. She is a migrant young mother with 3 children. She brought in her second child, an 11-year-old girl, to see me. The mother said she had been in Grade 1 for several years and had not moved up to Grade 2. She had tried to discipline her physically, which was no help to her studies. “She doesn’t know how to learn!” her mother told me in Cantonese.
After talking to the child, I found out that she is mentally retarded and could not learn like normal children. According to her mother, she was placed in foster care with several relatives when she was only 10 days old. She got a high fever for several days when she was 2 years old. She went missing when she was 6 years and was sent home by the policemen. She had no friends at school and was often bullied by her sister and brother. When I put my arm around her shoulders and spoke with her, she looked up at me with a smile. My tears started rolling - poor child.
Yesterday, the girl’s mother called and said her daughter mentioned me several times and begged to come visit me again. The biggest problem for the child is lack of love. In the south, the situation of “son preference” is more serious than it is in the north. Some families have several girls who are usually neglected by their parents, and many are emotionally hurt. I do need to tailor my treatment methods to meet the needs of these young girls and their families.
Original article written by Zhou Yonghong, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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