Sunday, January 9, 2011

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

This is a brief review of the book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua.

Are Chinese parents better at raising children than Western ones? Have you ever threatened to burn your child's stuffed animals if he or she doesn't improve piano playing? Do you believe in nothing is fun until you are good at it? Do you intervene your child's project and demand a better one before bringing to the school? Do you have children at home laboring over violin, piano, math, books and you feel gratifying? Do you believe in hard work produces accomplishment which leads to confidence and yet more accomplishment?

Most importantly, does becoming super-accomplished make up for years of stress?

Whether you are a believer or disbeliever of the above theories, as a parent, you will find the book by Amy Chua (a professor at Yale and has a Jewish husband who plays a secondary role in rearing the children) very interesting and informative to read. Once you pick it up, you just can't stop reading it, and more than likely you will stop your spouse as you will find many things to share with him or her.

The book just came to the market and has both hardcover and kindle versions available at Amazon for less than $15.

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