Tiger Mother; Not A Pu**y

From now on, I refuse to take a mommy timeout when I feel like threatening to burn all of my children’s toys or find myself in an irrational rage over a half-assed homework effort or an incomplete household chore.  Instead I will chalk it up to my new Chinese parenting skills. In Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua boldly defends her take no prisoners parenting style which just happens to sound exactly like the one people may imagine when they are drawing inappropriately stereotypical and broad conclusions about Asian parents.

I know I am not the only one who has made half serious jokes/inquiries about enrollment eligibility when we find out the neighbor kids are going to Saturday school.  And who among us hasn’t burned with envy and straight up admiration when our kids’ competitive nose picking performance is followed by one of many near perfect piano or violin concertos dotting the school talent show, seemingly designed to make the rest us feel like parenting fails? 

Naturally, not all perfect kids are born of Chinese parents.  Strict parents with high expectations and higher anxiety about charting a successful path for their children, cross all borders.  But Amy Chua is taking brilliant advantage of our willingness to separate and categorize our differing approaches.  Look at what she has accomplished, besides raising two lovely, talented and undoubtedly self-possessed and successful girls, she has the whole world of moms slinging arrows or shouting praise at her, nothing in between.

Tiger mom is no pussy.  She doesn’t use wiggle words.  She doesn’t dilute her advice to suit the Western palate.  No, Tiger Mom’s parenting prescription is as austere and definitive as Dr. Phil’s sound bite advice.  Take it or leave it, her book is topping bestseller lists on Amazon.com so follow her tracks, or don’t.  It makes no difference to her; she wasn’t going to let her kids play with yours anyways!!! 

Tiger Mom, you’rrrre grrrreaaat!!!

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