What I’m currently reading…

I highly recommend “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua.  It’s a fascinating yet controversial look at the child-rearing differences between Western parents and their Chinese counterparts.
Western parents try to respect their children’s individuality,
encouraging them to pursue their true passions, supporting their
choices, and providing positive reinforcement and a nurturing
environment. By contrast, the Chinese believe that the best way to
protect their children is by preparing them for the future, letting them
see what they’re capable of, and arming them with skills, work habits
and inner confidence that no one can ever take away.

Are you extreme?

I like what this Psychology professor says in the following article.  “You know you’re an extreme parent when you’re convinced your second-grade son is having more fun doing the Kumon advanced math program than watching Saturday morning cartoons.”  Kathy Hirsh-Pasek states that there are two competing developmental views of children.  1) A child is an empty vessel to be micromanaged by you. 2) A child is a discoverer, an explorer, and you are his or her guide.  

Which one is your view?