The publication of Amy Chua’s autobiography, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” has generated a lot of buzz around the country in the last week. In it, Chua discusses the principles by which she brought up her two successful children, who are now 15 and 18 years old respectively.
The dispute, which I’m sure will make cash registers sing, is that Chua’s tactics were very severe, as you can see from an article in the Wall Street Journal. I’m sure this will make the cash registers sing. There won’t be any play dates. There will be no performing in the school plays. The extracurricular activities are selected by Mom, and not by the children. Nothing less than becoming the top student in each and every class, with the exception of physical education and theatre. Constant exercise and repetition in drills.
Dilemma In Teaching Kids
Chua relates a tale of how she had her daughter practise a difficult piece of music on the piano for an extended period of time, even barring her access to food and the restroom until her daughter had mastered the piece. Perfectly. Before dawn.
I’m not going to criticise Chua in this situation. It’s her life on the line, and she’s getting criticism from every direction. But I beg you, don’t put yourself through that. There are various parenting methods than “Tiger Mother.”
It is so very tempting to subscribe to the belief that strength triumphs over weakness. The foundation of the Protestant work ethic is the concept that one should strive hard and be willing to make sacrifices in order to make progress. In the interest of reaching one’s full potential. with the expectation of eventually becoming deserving.
Another method is to use momentum. This isn’t about how well you perform or how much you accomplish. Creating a routine of physical exercise that will serve you well for your whole life is the goal here.
Therefore, go gently. Find methods to work out that make you feel like you’re getting a present. To me, it entails bright sunlight, crisp air, easygoing movement, and breathtaking vistas.
How was last week? What’s cooking for this week?