Tiger Mother?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011 by from Baby Steps

strict parent scolding child 

Have you heard about this? If you haven’t, no worries. Afterall, that is why you are reading this blog!

If you haven’t heard about Amy Chua, a Yale Law Professor, here’s the scoop.

In addition to being a lawyer, Ms. Chua is also a mother of two. She recently added published author to her resume, releasing a book entitled “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.”

In this book, Ms. Chua shares how she denied playdates and sleepovers to her children. She demanded straight A’s. She threw back their handmade greeting cards, expecting better.

And guess what?

Her kids have excelled and performed, including one daughter’s piano performance at Carnegie Hall.

She also shares other critiques of Western parenting styles.

Through this book, it has been publicized that Ms. Chua believes Chinese mothers are supieror. As for that last line, I would hate to stereotype any group in their parenting practices. Saying that Chinese mothers are superior parents holds about as much weight as the line “Mothers who wear purple panties are best.” Give. Me. A. Break.

So, what does this have to do with child development?

That’s an interesting question.

Perhaps the better question is what influence do each of us have in our child’s growth and development?  What are they born with?  What should be or are our expectations for our children?

Obviously, Ms. Chua’s book has gotten attention as it is extreme and different from many of our points of view.

When it comes to your chid, what are your expectations?

Do you intend on becoming a tiger mother?

Me? Not. In. A. Million. Years.

What do you think? Tiger Mother?

Jeannie Fleming-GiffordAuthor

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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