Meaning of the 成語 "養兒方知父母心" please.

Hello ApproaChinese community! Could someone please kindly explain "養兒方知父母心" and perhaps the context/story behind it? I tried searching online to no avail :(. Thank you in advance for any help! 

asked 4 years, 5 months ago


1 Answer

In this sentence, 方 means 才。The whole sentence means: by raising up one's own kid, he/she just starts to know the feeling of being a parent, such as how much parents love their kids, how much they pay for it, how challenging it is.

Rather than "父母心", what I usually heard is 养儿方知父母恩. It means "By ...... starts to know the grace of parents". Often, this sentence is the speaker expressing his/her appreciation to his/her parents, or the speaker is teaching the listener to love his'her parents.

answered 4 years, 5 months ago


0     I see! That's amazing! Thank you so much for providing such a detailed explanation, and also the more current usage of the proverb! Much appreciated! -- 4 years, 5 months ago

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