Chinese parenting or Western parenting - which one is better? I never really gave much thought in the past about any specific differences between the two styles. I did, however realize that a lot of Asian children seem to be more 'gifted' academically, technologically, and musically than our Western children, but put it down to longer school hours and Saturday classes in the Asian world.
Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother is the true story of a Chinese Mom raising her two Chinese/American daughters in the Chinese parenting way. The level of respect, obedience, altruism, and integrity that is expected from the child(ren) is almost mind-numbing! An immensely enjoyable book that had me pulled in from the first page where Ms. Chua lists some things that Chinese mothers would NEVER EVER allow their Chinese children to do.
I understood completely the comparisons and the clash of cultures and the bluntness and almost arrogant and insulting way these children are raised in. But in the end, who is the better parent? Well, that's for each of you to decide after you've read this amazing, humbling, and brutally honest story. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone!
February 19, 2011