Until Amy Chua’s essay, Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior appeared in The Wall Street Journal and her memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was published, there wasn’t much of a discussion or debate about parenting in America.
These obsessive Politically Correct, self-esteem driven parent held sway over how most Americans raised children.
Now, thanks to Amy Chua, there is a wakeup call to many future and current parents. Critics have accused Amy Chua of child abuse, being a narcissist, a liar, a backstabber, a psychopath, etc.
Amy Chua was also attacked for daring to say Chinese mothers were superior to the soft American parent.
In fact, Amy Chua was parenting as the Old Testament advises except for the spanking (she never mentions in her memoir that she spanked her children).
Maybe Chua should have spanked her younger daughter Lulu because she was rude, insulting and rebellious. Maybe she should have used soap and washed out Lulu’s mouth.
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This post first appeared on March 21, 2011, at Crazy Normal, a blog about education, parenting and coming of age.