The book was an interesting read with identifiable characters and situations. It shares the mother's perspective and story about using a parenting style that is not dominant in the western main stream.
The Haitian mother is a lot like the Chinese mother. I am forever grateful to my parents. I too follow in their footsteps the only difference is giving my children the ability to choose certain things such an instrument. But very strict with many other things. My parents never allowed me or my siblings to sleep over anyone's house as kids. I am also thankful for that. We were always safe. Very rare for our children to stay over anyone else's home, and not many playdates. My husband is Caucasian and was allowed to choose his career path where I was not. I had to go into the medical field. I have been successful and again thankful to my parents. Really enjoyed this book.
I picked up on the satire and the it's really about a woman trying to navigate motherhood. As a mom, I can relate. Found it heart warming and funny.
I loved listening to Amy Chua narrate her own book.
My only previous knowledge was the review that went viral and the vitriol that followed. To that I can only say... those people clearly didn't even read the book.
She is insightful, self-aware, funny and extremely smart. Also, there was huge character development and I am amazed at her bravery in putting her story out there.
Yes, she is very extreme but all cultures have their weaknesses, and I do believe she was well-intentioned. Never did she say that the book was advice; it is merely her memoir, fully endorsed by her family.
The author has a frustrating type A personality which makes her annoyingly obsessive throughout the book. Despite the fact that she criticizes western parents for emphasizing sports over more important activities, her obsession is very reminiscent of the overzealous sports western parent she is rebelling against.
She makes the story enjoyable though and you stay engaged waiting to see the results of her obsession. I enjoyed the book and believe every western parent should read it to measure ourselves against the extreme that she describes as "the tiger mom". I think it is a worthwhile exercise for all of us.
I got hooked on audiobooks when I used to work in a public library. I like that they are much more immersive than physical books or ebooks.
I love it when authors narrate their own work, makes it much more meaningful. Although I totally disagree with Amy's parenting style, this was a fascinating book.
Love non-fiction - I'm looking for inspiration, motivation and new directions - all the time!
I thought my mom was a tiger mother (not the Chinese kind .. the Indian kind, so replace violin with Math!!) but the author is times 10! I am constantly thinking of what my parenting style is going to be when my baby isn't 2 anymore ... and I appreciate Amy's approach, at least in (big) parts. My first step would be to figure out if I have the commitment and work ethic it would take to be her ...lol!
The book is an easy, engaging read (or listen) leaves you with a lot of food for thought (if you can get past the almost fictional parts of the book and just believe it's all real and that your baby will be competing with a tiger mothers cub somewhere down the road!!!) and also has several "don't dos" if you don't want to be hated by your baby and/or spouse several times a year!!!