Amy Chua. Maybe you don’t recognize the name, but if I say Tiger Mom, would you recognize that?
Let’s learn a little more about her:
- She is a law professor at Yale.
- She wrote a memoir called Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother which was about raising American kids the Chinese way.
- Her book started a huge debate over how to parent your kids.
- Her daughter has responded to the criticism of her mother by standing up for her mother.
If nothing else, she is influential because she started this huge conversation about how we should parent and what effect that has on our kids. I think having that conversation is important, regardless of what you think of her style. It started a conversation that needed to be had – what kind of parenting is best for our kids? It’s something that should be talked about. I can’t say anything yet about what I think of the memoir because I haven’t read it yet (but I plan to at some point) and I shouldn’t judge a whole book based on the comments of people online. But was she influential in this past year? Definitely.
Oh and because she’s influential for writing a book, here is a link to excerpts of it and at the end, the book itself:
- ‘Tiger Mother’ explains her strict parenting – books – Family Health – TODAY.com
- Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior – WSJ.com
- Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother*
- Amy Chua’s “Tiger Daughter” Responds to Critics – Eye on Parenting Blog – CBS News
- Hay Festival 2011: Amy Chua interview – Telegraph
- Amy Chua – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
*I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you decide to buy the book after clicking on the link, part of the proceeds will come back to me. Thanks for supporting me!