Day 94 Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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If you haven’t heard of tiger mothers, then I ask you: under which rock have you been hiding? A tiger mother is a mother who, according to Macmillan Dictionary, “makes her children work particularly hard and restricts their  free time so that they continually achieve the highest grades”.

Amy Chua, a Chinese mother with a Jewish husband living in the States, wrote a book on bringing up her two daughters, Sophia and Lulu. The book itself caused controversy, after Chua, a lawyer, published an article in the Wall Street Journal, titled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”, with excerpts from the book. Chua says that the book isn’t a parenting book, but a funny memoir. I personally loved reading about her bringing up her daughters, and felt as though I was with them at every step while the girls were growing up.

I felt sympathy for the girls, and relieved at the same time that my own parents, when compared to Chua, aren’t as strict. Having said that, I did find myself supportive of Chua’s methods, as her daughters did end up what I see as successful. Last I heard, Sophia, the eldest daughter, got into Harvard, just like her parents did.

Read this book with an open mind, and be prepared to laugh at their fights, especially when it’s between Lulu and Chua. People who have/had strict parents may enjoy this book a little more.

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