In today’s job market, cutthroat competition and toxic work environments have cast a shadow over employment prospects, creating a harsh reality for job seekers. A woman in China found the perfect way to deal with it.
A Chinese woman named Nianan sparked a meaningful conversation on social media in China by quitting her job and becoming a “full-time daughter.”
Her parents have provided financial support in exchange for a monthly payment of 4,000 yuan (US$570).
Nianan had worked at a news agency for 15 years but experienced changes in her role in 2022 that brought about higher stress levels and the need to be constantly available. During this challenging time, her parents stepped in to offer help.
“Why don’t you just quit your job? We’ll take care of you financially,” they told her.
Motivated by the offer of a monthly allowance of 4,000 yuan from her parents’ retirement pension of over 100,000 yuan, Nianan decided to leave her job and embrace the role of a “full-time daughter.”
She describes this role as a profession filled with love and has gladly taken on a diverse daily routine.
Every morning, she dedicates an hour to dancing with her parents and accompanies them on grocery shopping trips. In the evenings, she joins her father in cooking dinner together.
Additionally, she manages all electronic-related tasks, serves as a driver, and organizes monthly family outings or vacations.
Nianan said being around her parents has been therapeutic.
“The biggest pressure source is the desire to earn more money.”
However, her parents continually reassure her, saying, “If you find a more suitable job, you can do it. If you don’t want to work, stay home and spend time with us.”
The concept of being a “full-time daughter” has gained popularity among young individuals in China as an alternative to the highly competitive job market and exhausting work schedules.
The term refers to the decision to rely on parents for financial support and dedicate time to caregiving responsibilities.
This alternative lifestyle offers greater autonomy and freedom from traditional work constraints. While some critics argue that it simply perpetuates dependence on parents, supporters believe that as long as parents and children are content, unconventional arrangements should be embraced.
The “full-time daughter” discussion highlights modern society’s evolving work and family dynamics.
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