Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Roaring Tiger Mums Could Be the Answer

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Roaring Tiger Mums Could Be the Answer

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I DON'T know if I would ever threaten to burn my children's toys if they received lower than an A on their report card.

I don't think I would call my four-year-old daughter a adisgracea if she didn't put enough effort into drawing my birthday card, or agarbagea if she earned less than first place in an eisteddfod.

I don't believe I would refuse my child dinner, water, or even a toilet break until they had completed at least four hours of piano and violin practice a day.

I guess I don't have enough atiger moma in me.

But after reading the controversial book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother I'm starting to wonder if a little more aroara in our Western way of parenting might not be a bad thing.

Author Amy Chua a an American-Chinese woman a has created an international furore in recent weeks following the release of her memoir, in which she details her parenting methods of daughters Sophia and Lulu.

In it she details some of her rules. No sleepovers. No play dates. No grade lower than an A (except in physical education or drama, which don't count apparently). No television or computer games. No involvement in school plays. No participation in any extra-curricular activity except those which offer medals. No medals except gold to be won.

It was a parenting approach based on tough love, Ms Chua claims; one in which the strength, not vulnerability, of a child is assumed.

She points to the incredible success of Asian children in the worlds of music and academia as proof of her techniques, saying that the Western (read liberal) approach to child-raising results in self-indulgence, weakness, failure to reach potential, disrespect, a lack of discipline and mediocrity.

Sure, kids in America and Australia might be less stressed and (on the surface) more creative, she says a but are they really any happier? Is allowing them so much freedom over their decision making really doing them any favours in the long run? …

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