All over Facebook last week, I saw links to this controversial Wall Street Journal article written about the tough, no nonsense parenting approach Chinese mothers have. It’s an excerpt from a book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” by Amy Chua. I can imagine some American moms and dads were offended by the viewpoint that we are too lenient on our children and that causes them to fail.
I was raised in a pretty tough, no nonsense household by American parents. We had expectations of good behavior and good grades. My parents were also very clear that the front door is where democracy stopped and a loving dictatorship began. Thanks to their parenting approach I got honors in high school and college, then earned a Master’s Degree in journalism. No one ever berated me if I earned a B or kept me from sleepovers, like Chua does with her daughters.
You can find lots of articles and blog posts blasting Chua. I’m not going to add to the noise. She’s a mom on a mission with books to sell. That’s my take on it. Although she’s getting criticized left and right, she also knows there’s no such thing as bad publicity. On trusted retailer, Amazon, she’s gotten favorable reviews.
Chua told the Today Show her book is NOT a parenting guide; it’s a memoir: