Skip to comments.Is the 'Tiger Mom' Controversy Misunderstood?
Posted on 04/16/2014 1:35:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
GPS Digital Producer Jason Miks speaks with Amy Chua, a law professor at Yale, and her husband Jed Rubenfeld, also a professor at Yale, about their new book The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, and what it means to be a Tiger Mom. Watch Fareeds interview with Chua and Rubenfeld this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.
Your 2011 book, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, sparked an intense debate with its look at the differences between Chinese and Western parenting. What are the key characteristics of a Tiger Mom? Chua: I would say extremely high expectations, high discipline and definitely unconditional love. And I think high expectations are absolutely consistent with unconditional love. To me, a Tiger Mom is the opposite of a Helicopter Mom a Helicopter Mom wants to make things easier for her kids, and I think a Tiger Parent is actually thinking about strengthening the child for the future. And so its kind of a long term project, and often it can feel like actually putting obstacles in front of your child, whereas a Helicopter Parent is someone who is wanting to do everything for their child. A Tiger Parent is basically saying Let me put some obstacles in your way so you can train, so that when you go out into the real world, it will be easier.
Is there a Tiger Dad?
Rubenfeld: I know its a cliché, but I think as a father I was very interested in communicating to the kids that they should challenge authority, think for themselves, not just accept or do what everyone else around them is doing or saying. I think this is an interesting contrast with my wifes approach, but maybe there
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There’s a word for adult children of Tiger Moms: Boss.
Yes. This supposed controversy has enraged me since it started.
It's like the women who proudly show their toned bodies on Facebook and get criticized for it.
Women furious at other women who dare to be proud for being women who are proud for having accomplished something important to them. Disgusting.
The former Mrs. lafroste is a tiger mom of the first order. Discipline? out the wazoo, obstacles? constantly. Unconditional love? not so much. She threw my son out of the house when he was 14 (that’s why he lives with me).
Is that what attracted you originally?
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