Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and a Yale Law School professor, contends that most American moms are too soft on their children, acting as unwavering cheerleaders even when they don’t perform at the level that parents expect.
She also says her parenting methods are modeled in the approach her first-generation Chinese-American parents used with her, which she says has made her successful.
Does Chua have a point? Do American moms, but more especially suburban moms, coddle their kids too much? Or is ‘tiger parenting’ setting kids up for trouble handling failure and a good chance they’ll harbor serious animosity toward mom and dad later on in life?
Could this be more than a cultural issue; is it also generational? Did our parents coddle us the way we may coddle our children?
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