The Glass Castle,Amy Chua,Parenting

Strict parenting is a sign of love

November 21, 2016

I have many favorite books, like The Glass Castle and The Book Thief, but most people would be surprised to find that one of my other favorite books is Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Growing up, I never felt like my parents were overly strict with me or pushed me harder than I could handle. Amy Chua, the author of the novel, explains how she believes Asian parenting is superior to Western parenting. She states that Western parents are weak for overly praising their children and not enforcing discipline. Chua says, “Western parents worry a lot about their children’s self-esteem. But as a parent, one of the worst things you can do for your child’s self-esteem is to let them give up. On the flip side, there’s nothing better for building confidence than learning you can do something you thought you couldn’t.” While some of her methods are very extreme — like threatening to burn her daughters’ stuffed animals or forcing her daughters to practice piano on vacations — both of her daughters ended up happy and appreciative of their upbringing. The reason I like the book is not even because I think her methods are correct, despite being effective (both her daughters performed at Carnegie Hall and attended Harvard University). The reason I like the book is because Amy Chua pours her heart out about her struggles of immigrating to America...

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