A new month has begun! Put the new year excitement of January behind - we are now into 2011 proper! I just finished clearing up my Google reader of the 700 odd unread articles it had collected! By which I mean, I just marked them as 'read' and kept going, taking the risk I may have missed something important!! I guess I just realised that I really need to sit down and re-prioritise my time - my old priority list cannot work anymore! And on the days there is no new post, please forgive me and maybe read one of the older articles! After all the recent brouhaha on Amy Chua, today's links are focussed on bringing up children.
TIGER MOTHER: Amy Chua's article, 'Why Chinese Mothers are superior', that appeared in the Wall Street Journal kicked up a ruckus with some readers calling her the worst mother ever and even issuing her death threats! But it was the perfect launch for her book, 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother', which has hit #2 in the New York Times bestseller list and may rise even further! Her basic premise is that setting high standards for children and forcing them to achieve those standards is the ideal way to bring out the best in them. Fortunately we still have some more time to adopt our style of parenting, but what do all of you think? Here is the Washington Post review of the book. Amy's 18 year-old daughter had this response to the criticism of her mother.
THE BLESSING OF B-MINUS: Before you make up your mind, psychologist Wendy Mogel has written a book encouraging the exact opposite! She has a PhD, so I am inclined to believe her!! Here is an article which tries to put both books in perspective! (HT: Challies)
THE ECONOMICS OF TIGER PARENTING: This article starts of with a great story. A daughter asked her father (the author) for a dog. Not being fond of dogs, the father tells her that (you just can't make this stuff up!) she will get a dog if she publishes a paper in an academic peer-reviewed journal!! Talk about high expectations!! From a 7 year old!! But then, for the next year-and-a-half, he helped his 2 children do a research project (what a way to spend your 7th year of life!!) and then actually publish it in a journal!! Hats off to this guy! Worth reading if just for the story!
PARENTING YOUR CHILD: And speaking of parenting, my own parents have written a book on the subject. I may not be a very good advertisement for it, but be that as it may, it is an excellent book!
NOT THE IDEAL PARENT: This mother left her son to walk home alone with wolves in the vicinity as she got 'carried away shopping'! Again I say, stuff like this jsut can't be made up!! Fortunately it seems that wolves do not like Christian rock music!!
CHILDHOOD IS CHANGING BUT CHILDREN ARE THE SAME: This video asks some important questions of all of us, especially parents. Can we spend 5 minutes to watch it?!!