Hong Kong actor Francis Ng admits that he has a strange parenting style when it comes to handling his five-year-old son Feynman.
Not one to mollycoddle his only child, he can be seen making fun of Feynman on the hit China parenting reality TV show Where Are We Going? Dad, reports AsiaOne via The Straits Times.
"I'm not a good cop or a bad cop. I constantly poke holes in my son's confidence in order to make him stronger," he says in an e-mail interview to promote his horror movie The House That Never Dies, which airs tonight on Thrill (StarHub TV Channel 618 and SingTel mio TV Channel 415).
"I believe he should go through a bit of hardship and strict education. He should be disciplined if he makes a mistake. Only then will he mature and become independent," adds Ng, 52, who jokingly calls his son a "Baby Girl" as Feynman is often mistaken for a girl on the show because of his pretty boy looks.
The child will then protest goodnaturedly and declare that he is a boy.
Ng's wish to toughen up his son was the reason he signed up for Season 2 of the travel show, which follows the trips of celebrity dads and their young kids.
"I wanted to let Feynman experience things and toughen him up. He has many bad habits typical of Hong Kong kids these days. Even though he is five years old, he still relies on us to do many things for him," says Ng, who is married to former Singaporean actress Ong Lay Pheng, 44. The family lives in Hong Kong.