A Chinese father has trained his five-year-old son to lift weights and walk on wires in a bid to build his confidence.
The brutal regime was created by his father who hopes his son will develop interests in a range of topics and eventually head to university, reports the People's Daily Online.
However experts have warned that the father's behaviour may have negative effects on the boy's health.
The boy's father named Zhang Yu and his mother He Limei had been working in Jiangsu province however Zhang Yu was forced to return home to Sichuan province and take care of his sick father.
He took five-year-old Wang Zhang back with him and during the second half of 2016 decided to train his son.
Initially the training involved squatting and stepping but soon he found that his son had a sense of movement and balance and he was gaining an interest in sports.
However it has since extended to walking on a rope and other more strenuous exercises such as rock climbing and one arm push-ups. Zhang Yu says he likes using the rope.
Zhang Yu says safety is always a priority when it comes to training his son.
His wife He Limei says she supports her husband's training of her son: 'Now he is more work focused and not so naughty, not so squeamish.'
The boy's teacher Zhou Li said that at points the child would turn up late to school because of the training but now the issue has been rectified.
Hou Feixiang, a counsellor at Guangyang City's Fourth People's Hospital, said that training like this should be treated with caution. He said that giving the child psychological pressure will be detrimental to the growth of the child.
MacBestus, Dùn Èideann, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
The problem is confidence. The system can handle bluster of arrogance...but confident people are independent thinkers. No good to the "experts."
acechadwick, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
I can see absolutely nothing wrong with this. Child is stimulated, looks like he's enjoying himself and it will build his confidence. Or we could diagnose him A D H D, give him some dr ug so he'll be quiet while Mummy's on FaceBook.