Chua predicts she'll only get more easygoing with age. When asked what type of grandparent she'll be, she laughed.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
They come to our house and buy my kids presents and stuff them with ice cream and brownies. My prediction is that I'll be on the extreme soft end," she said. Real Life.
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Mind Your Parenting Style
Some Western parents are strict; others are lax. There are same-sex parents, Orthodox Jewish parents, single parents, ex-hippie parents, investment banker parents, and military parents. For example, my Western friends who consider themselves strict make their children practice their instruments thirty minutes every day.
An hour at most. For a Chinese mother, the first hour is the easy part. Despite our squeamishness about cultural stereotypes, there are tons of studies out there showing marked and quantifiable differences between Chinese and Westerners when it comes to parenting. By contrast, Western kids are more likely to participate in sports teams. This brings me to my final point. Some might think that the American sports parent is an analog to the Chinese mother.
This is so wrong. Unlike your typical Western overscheduling soccer mom, the Chinese mother believes that 1 schoolwork always comes first; 2 an A-minus is a bad grade; 3 your children must be two years ahead of their classmates in math; 4 you must never compliment your children in public; 5 if your child ever disagrees with a teacher or coach, you must always take the side of the teacher or coach; 6 the only activities your children should be permitted to do are those in which they can eventually win a medal; and 7 that medal must be gold.
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