Tiger Mama's first born cub just got accepted into Harvard. A sense of vindication, considering all the bad press Amy Chua has received.
After reading Chua's memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, I had mixed emotions. I admit, while I raised my brow at some of her rigid child raising techniques--ridicule, threats, and extreme punishments--I also admired the results she achieved.
Her daughters are, undeniably, very well spoken, excellent students, talented musicians, and respectful of their elders. At least her youngest daughter didn't have her meltdown until her teens...and during a Russian vacation, no less. Yes, they are also well traveled.
Some of my own friends think she's a dictatorial, hard-assed, cold-hearted b*tch whose daughters are destined for a therapist's couch.
Is it so bad they were never allowed to: attend sleepover parties, have play dates, try out for the school musical, play computer games, or finish in second place? As a result, Sofia and Louisa excelled in school and at whatever instrument or sport they tackled. There's plenty of time, later, for cuddling and motherly praise, not to mention time on the Xbox--right?
Sofia the Harvard Bound, even wrote an open letter, published in the New York Post, thanking her parents for their strictness. *Sigh*
I wish I were strong enough to perfect and institute a (watered down) method of Tiger Parenting to use on my three kids!
I love Amy Chua.