I am starting this blog and hoping to update it weekly. What prompted this is I finally read Amy Chua’s The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom. While I think she was definitely “over the top” in many ways, I also believe all the media coverage and news articles such as the Wall Street Journal‘s “Why Chinese Mothers are Better” created controversy mostly to help her market her book. But any of us who take our own parenting seriously must think about our parenting techniques. As a Christian, I hope that much of this comes from the Bible and not just from Asian cultural values.
Yet, I do know lots of Tiger Moms (and Dads). And I also see the results, many a lot more like Lulu than Sophia or worse; people struggling to please their parents and losing their own identity in the process . So I hope to touch upon some of Amy’s principles and compare them to Scriptures and my own experiences as well as talk about the difficulties that come in raising kids ins a host culture (e.g.America) so different than their parents’ home culture (e.g. China or other Asian countries).
Would love to hear your thoughts.
Questions to ponder:
- Is getting straight A’s the main goal for our children?
- Does this make us the model minority?