“Eagle Dad” trains 4-year-old son running naked in snow


Speaking of education, there was the “Wolf Dad” and the “Tiger Mom” in the past; today an “Eagle Dad” was born.  Recently, video of a 4-year-old boy running naked in the snow was posted online, quickly attracted netizens’ attentions.  The video was shot in New York, snowing, with temperature of -13 degree Celsius, a 4-year-old boy from Nanjing was running in the snow naked, instructed by his father.  In the video the boy was tearful and did not want to run anymore.  “Eagle Dad” (Weibo: @忙爸育儿) said his son had premature birth, was said possibly become mentally retarded in the future. However with three years of extreme trainings, the child’s potential IQ is up to 218.  The video has gone viral and Netizens debated “Eagle Dad’s” extreme educational method.  What is your take?

From Youku:

Reporter contacted the little boy that ran naked in the snow and his family.  This lovely boy named He Yide had a nickname Duoduo, born in February 2008, is resident of Nanjing.  His Father Mr. He is an entrepreneur of Nanjing.

Mr. He told the reporter that he had his son at age of 40, however Duoduo was born prematurely with varies complications.  The doctor wrote on the report: left brain bleeding, brain protein density low, haemangioma, cerebral edema, jaundice and brain capacity is small.  Physician told Mr. He rationally, Duoduo was born with serious deficiency so it is very possible that he would develop brain paralysis and become mentally retarded in the future, they could only try their best.  After two months of effort, baby was finally discharged from the hospital.  “Before leaving the hospital, the head nurse sent us a large bouquet of flowers. She said, my son was born prematurely the earliest in the hospital history and with the most complex conditions. They were moved by our dedication and determination.”

After returning home, with a teaching background, Mr. He decided to personally develop a series of “vicious” education program to let his son grow up healthily.  In his words: there was the “Wolf Dad” and the “Tiger Mom”, so he wanted to be an “Eagle Dad”.  He explained to the reporter how eagles educate their young: “When the young eagle grows old enough, eagle mother will heartlessly throw her kid off the cliff.  The young eagle begins to fall, they would desperately beat his wings to keep from falling off to the bottom, and at the same time he also mastered the most basic skill – flying.”  This is the almost cruel eagle education. When comes to educate the young, we should not use bear education, if parents always hold their baby in their arms like bears do, they will suppress their ideas and destroy their individuality.  They would become lazy, without fighting sprits and joy of life.

Mr. He used his seven years of teaching experience and expertise, combining with his 10 years of business experience managing an enterprise, researched and developed a training schedule for his son.  The mother also became a full-time wife, strictly implemented this training program.  “Eagle Dad” adjusted the program every two weeks according to the child’s circumstances.

Reporter learned about Duoduo’s training program and found it indeed was beyond any ordinary people’s limits. Since he was 6 month old, Duoduo’s training was up to 8 hours a day.  Since the tenth day when Duoduo came out of the incubator, his parents insisted to let him swim regardless summer or winter.  The water temperature was always controlled at a constant of 25 degree C. When Duoduo was 2 years old, he already climbed the Purple Mountain with his dad.  Took a rest when tired and never asked to be picked up, he climbed to top all by himself.  Mr. He gave Duoduo other sports trainings such as brisk walking and jogging for 3 km daily, rope climbing, swing bridge, exercise pulley, riding scooter and bicycles.  He also signed up various classes for Duoduo like martial art, kickboxing and break dancing.

Duoduo often traveled with his father on long-hauled journeys.  The longest time was continuously for 14 days, more than 10 km on each day.  During Shanghai World Expo, the two and a half year old walked in the park for three days and never was picked up by his parents once.  In the Alpine resort, Duoduo climbed into a tire, when it was safe, “Eagle dad” pushed the poor kid from the 6 story high hill. He slated in the tire all the way down to the bottom of the hill.  “Duoduo now has very good physiques, except for the time when he was born prematurely, Duoduo never visited hospital after that.” Eagle dad said proudly.

Mr. He told the reporter, after three years of “extreme training”, not only Duoduo had no trace of premature birth deficiency, he now in many ways is better than his peers.  Mr. He trains Duoduo in business, IQ, morality, EQ, bravery, obstacles, heart, spirituality, will and finance 10 aspects to develop understanding, emotion, self-care, self-control, memory, reaction, physical strength, perseverance and other capabilities.  Now Duoduo knows more than 3000 Chinese characters, some simple math operations and also is quite good at taking care of himself.

At age 2, Duoduo already went to a kindergarten.  November last year Duoduo traveled to United States with his family.  He entered a kindergarten in New York and skipped from beginner to intermediate then to advanced class in two weeks. In the end, he entered the genius class.  Three month later he returned home and ended his study in the United States.

Mr. He said Duoduo gets along with other children, he knows how to share and give thanks.  Duoduo’s current performance has surpassed kids of same age.  Not long ago, he had invited IQ test authority from Taiwan to give Duoduo an IQ test.  They found his potential IQ was up to 218, and already reached first grade level. They already contact a primary school in Nanjing, starting from February 7, Duoduo will listen in on first grade classes.

During the training process, Mr. He also organized the training and education in the past three years, and wrote into a book, “Busy Dad, Lazy Dad Parenting Guide”.  The book will be published soon.  “Eagle dad” told the reporter he will stick to training his son, and also will constantly adjust the training according to Duoduo’s situation and his own experiences.


This kind of extreme training not only attracted netizen’s criticisms, but also was criticized in their own home.  Mr. He is under huge pressure because Duoduo is the baby of the family, Mr. He’s family strongly opposed the training program. Many relatives said Mr. he is too harsh and should not “abuse” his baby son.  Even more criticisms on the Internet, said Mr. He is a “vicious father” who deprives his child of a happy childhood.  Imposing his own will onto a young child, it is not education but destructive enthusiasm.  Some netizens even said he did all this to become famous.

“Eagle Dad” is unwavering to all the public opinion.  He told the reporter that he was once a teacher, now an entrepreneur and business is good; he did not need to rely on this to become famous.  He also knew people even questioned them as stepparents.  Almost 70% of the netizens opposed his training method and 20% took a neural stance, only 10% thought his educational method is worth a try.  However, Mr. He said he is determined to get support from his family and to continue training Duodou, never give up. “Naked cold training is a common educational method in Japan and South Korea and other countries.  Why are we so shocked about it?”  Mr. He said he hopes his son is not growing up like a flower in the greenhouse, becoming a spoiled “little emperor”.  Starting from young, learning to work hard, able to accept setbacks and overcome difficulties,  and the child’s preference does not depend on adult’s perception. During Duoduo’s training, he takes encouragement and negotiation approach, not to fully impose his will onto the child, but carefully explain why he is in training and what benefit will come out of it.  Now Duoduo has amazing stamina, also made a lot of friends.

Expert’s view

Are these extreme training methods appropriate? Will such training hurt the child?  Reporter interviewed expert, Liu Xi, director of Southern Medical Second University Affiliated Hospital.  He said, in fact, it is quite common for children born prematurely go through physical trainings.  Children have strong ability to adapt.  With a scientific program, progressive physical training, even sometimes properly “freeze” in cold, can enhance child’s resistance.  Now more and more children in China are spoiled, and there are in fact “cold training” in other counties.

In addition, from health point of view, there is a useful exercise, called bath three times a day. Sun bath, air bath and water bath, you can step-by-step take a warm bath gradually to a cold bath, also can strip naked to bath in the nature sun and air.  As for running naked in the snow, Director Liu believes that as long as the training is scientific and graduate, also if it significantly improves child’s physique, you can stick to it.  Properly “freeze in cold” is not harmful, however it is not applicable to all children.  Take look at child’s physical ability, do not use force, or else it will be counterproductive.

  1. Eagle Dad, you are a fucking moron. There is no test available that aquarately measures a 4 year old’s IQ. So 218 is bullshit. You should be put in jail and abused by your fellow inmates. Get a life arsehole.

    1. I do not think you should use such language to a man that has gone through what he has, he is only trying to help his son get on in life…

      1. Carol, unfortunately language is the only way that these idiots will understand. How is he helping his son, forever the boy will associate his father with pain. Was the father or mother out there naked with him? I am all for giving kids a leg up in life but, not in such a sadistic way. In any civilized country the father would be locked up and rightly so. This no more than a publicity stunt. The father getting his 15 minutes of fame.

        I am surprised no one is talking about the so called 218 IQ

        1. “In any civilized country the father would be locked up and rightly so.”

          In any civilized country yes, but this is in NYC where the blacks rule there and Obama is the smartest man in Amerika.

          1. The temperature in this story is exaggerated. NYC hasn’t had -13 degrees C once this year. On the January 23rd, when it snowed, the temperature was 1 C. Still cold, but not the brutal -13 degrees claimed.

  2. To constantly hear him cry out “daddy please hug me” and then his dad just running away from him… my heart just broke.
    I guess parents all push their kids to get the best out of them, but this goes way too far.

      1. You are a heartless piece of trash.

        What are thinking? Only of physical harm? What about mental harm? This child will grow up traumatized by this whole ordeal, associating his parents with pain and hardship — not comfort and love.

        I really question your ability to make clear judgements.

  3. I will train my kid the same, firm believer of this method! People shouldn’t cry so much and stick to traditional approaches

  4. I think what this father does, he does it for his son, congratulations to Mother and Father

  5. Man how I so want to fuck up the dad and make that son of a bitch eat shit in the snow

  6. What the fuck did the kid learn from this? His dad is fucked up in the head and what I learn is Carol your FUCKING STUPID

  7. You may agree or not with his methods but you can’t disagree that Duoduo is far healthier and happier than what was predicted of him.

    1. you believe that gullible pick? all i see is a kid being mistreated, treated like a dog. the rest of the story, i don’t believe… i call bullshit

    1. But if he was a white boy, he will be eating now in a special school for the mentally retarded in up state NY.

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  9. Yet another example of psycho Chinese just reinforces a stereotype impression of Chinese.people world wide. No damage control exists for this kind of behaviour.

  10. I live in New York and can say that definitely was not filmed here. We have not had any snow like that this winter. The information in the story is inaccurate. Peace.

  11. If this would have happened where I live (Minneapolis) or frankly just about any other city, the parents would have been arrested and charged with child endangerment.

    I cannot believe that NYC child welfare services has not investigated this… maybe I will call them.

  12. pfft. here in the backwoods part of alabama we just fuck our cousins and let our offspring run off nekkid into the woods.


  13. Authorities in China have launched a major security operation to try to end a wave of unrest caused by Tibetan campaigners. More than 21 people are reported to have publicly set themselves on fire – five in the past week.

    Stupid Chinese killing themselves with home made petro fire works, what a bunch of assholes.

  14. Was Dad in his underwear also? No! Seems “eagle” may not be the correct description oft his dad>

  15. The US will nuke Tibet if Xi don’t cut the RMB in half by the end of the year if Obamakong do not get re-elected to the black whitehouse.

  16. In Shit Korea…………A 5-year-old boy was confined to the van of a childcare center for nearly seven hours due to his teacher’s carelessness.
    The boy was locked in the car from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 near a lot beside the center, which the child attends on Jeju.
    The mother of the child said “It is heartbreaking thinking that my child had no sip of water on a freezing and rainy day, he wet himself because he was trembled with fear” in an interview with the Yonhap news agency.
    “The center reported my husband to police when he went to complain about the incident, she also said.”

    How are taking this one korea….guy?

  17. Why don’t the mother and the father do all the eagle training running naked in the freezing cold with the child also? Children have less physical ability than an grown adults. You can’t ask a child to do the same amount of walking like you, it will damage their bones and joints. Where are parents? Someone please locate them and report them to the international or whatever you call it child abuse or protection people. The parents need to be arrested and the child need to be placed in the custody of grandparents or family for protection.

    This child has a higher IQ probably due to the fact he is constantly around his dad or mom all the time talking to adult and behaving like adult. If you are a 10 yrs old and your are surrounded by 30 40yrs old friends talking and hanging out with them, you will be more mature than other 10 yrs kids also.
    The parents need to be arrested.

    1. I agree, it actually reminds me the “Competitive Dad” character from the 90s “Fast Show” series, except this story is unfortunately real and even more cruel. This boy’s parents are as much as a threat to him as actual parents, they’re not “parenting” him. It seems they want to make some tough arsed soldier out of this little boy instead of a proper son.

  18. This sick mental belief of people saying children can adopt better nonsense…okay to throw them into freezing water is poor excuse for child abuse. Children are human being too and have limitation and less physical ability than adults. That is why so many child died due to ignorant parents and their sick belief. You adult can adopt also if you have to survive. This poor child is at the mercy of his parent’s crude training and can only cry. He is too small to fight and refuse.
    People who know the parents in the neighborhood need to contact authority and arrest the parents before this child died.

  19. The way this 4yrs old is being treated is the same thing if you make the father to

    1)1 hour study of German language non stop, 5min break then
    2)1 hr Russian non stop, with 5 min break then
    1 hr Polish, then 1 hr Italian, then 1 hr French, 1 hr organic chemisty, 1 hr calculus, yadayada.then he will be given a test by the end of the day.

    Then 1 hr swimming in the freezing cold water non stop, then 1 hr running in the cold while carrying 200lb weights on him. 1 hr jumping with 200lb weight. Then 1 hr push up, then 1 hr lifting weight like 300 lbs(he is like 150lb and he needs to lift 300lb. He can do it for he will adopt)
    And he can only eat chicken with no sauce and nothing, fruit and veggies, and water only at all time.

    Monday to Sunday.

    Yeah…this man has a IQ of 300 much higher than all his peers. He is not even aging. He is looking like Hercules with a brain of Einstein and so smart. Why not?

  20. Korean guy:

    “…..Good to Pet and Eat: The Keeping and Consuming of Dogs and Cats in South Korea
    Anthony L. Podberscek∗
    University of Cambridge

    Over the past few decades, there has been mounting criticism, mainly fromWestern
    societies, of the practice of consuming dogs and cats in South Korea. In the current
    study, I researched historical, cultural, and demographic details on, and South
    Korean people’s attitudes to, this practice. Data were collected in two ways.
    Firstly, relevant information on the history and current status of dog and cat
    use, including consumption, was sourced from the academic literature, newspaper
    reports, websites, and animal welfare organizations. Secondly, in 2004, the polling
    agency Market & Opinion Research International (MORI) was contracted to
    survey 1,000 adults (15 years and above) in South Korea on their attitudes to
    keeping cats and dogs as pets and to the consumption of these species. The
    consumption of dogs has a long history in South Korea while the consumption of
    cats is more recent. Pet ownership is a more recent phenomenon and is growing
    steadily. Banning the eating of dogs was not supported in the survey. Unlike cat
    consumption, dog consumption is strongly linked to national identity in South
    Korea, and it seems that calls from the West to ban the practice are viewed by
    South Koreans as an attack on their culture.

    It is thought that the first attack against the eating of dog meat in South Korea
    was led by the Austrian-born wife of South Korea’s first president Syngman Rhee.
    Her thoughts on banning the eating of dogs were not popular, but they did lead to a
    cosmetic change: the renaming of dog stew from gaejangguk to boshintang (also
    written as bosintang, poshintang, or poshint’ang “invigorating soup”)”

    The south Koreans want to popularize the consumption of dog in Korea and the rest of the world,[6] considering it to be part of the traditional culture of Korea with a long history worth preserving….
    Only low lives like south koreans with no morals and decency will behave like that and see nothing wrong with it.

    Try to tell a south korean to stop lying and have some decency and they will tell you
    “It wasn’t me.”

  21. This just proves mainlanders are morally primitive, far inferior in more ways than one to Taiwan and Hong Kong. What a disgrace to Asia…

  22. Since when does new york get -13 yeah right when did it start snowing like that????? Never where did this story come from?

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