From what I understand from some other people, especially those in the psychology field, this book is controversial because Amy Chua is seen as abusive, but really...come on. What Amy Chua is, is a smart ambitious woman who happens to be raising very smart and ambitious children. This woman isn't abusing her kids. She is simply being ambitious for them. I commend her for writing an honest and funny memoir about her particular parenting style. It was a good story, and was well worth listening to.
Is Amy Chua neurotic? Yes, yes she is. Is she wrong about how she parents her children? No, not at all. Her parenting style could be considered authoritarian, and popular psychology would have parents believe that authoritarian parenting styles do not necessarily have the best outcomes, but that point is debatable.
This book provides interesting insight, and I personally appreciate this woman letting us all glimpse the perspectives of an Asian-American woman.
With all of the publicity that this book has received, I was somewhat interested in hearing it. I really expected this woman to be a militant, closed-minded person with no interest at all in the American way. It turns out to be an amazing story in which we are made to understand why she did the things she did and how this mom grew over the years. I was surprised when I found myself laughing out loud listening to some of the power struggles that started from the very early years of her daughters' lives. One thing is for sure, there really aren't many American moms with the level of commitment and endurance that this mother has. I'm hopeful that the daughters will write their own books from their perspectives later in their lives.
I didn't read the book in print, but I enjoyed hearing the narration of the author.
I don't there there was one moment, but it was hard to stop listening.
I have not.
I could have, but I listne to books while commutting, so I only heard it a chunck at a time.
I really enjoyed the book and naration.
Amy Chua did a great job with narrating her story. I appreciate the first hand insight into another Tiger Mother. Whether you are a Western Mom or an Asian Mom, this book is helpful to see who you are as your children's parent and guide in life and decide what role you want to take with them.
As both a mother and a teacher this book hit home. No style of parenting is perfect. Children will always grow up with "issues". If American children could be half as successful as these then we would be ok. This book made me think and I did take away from it the idea of not to spread the children's activities too thin. You are better being good at a few activities then being mediocre at many.
Conservative Catholic Curmudgeon
This book is much misunderstood, as many have missed the self-parody and self-examination and have taken it to be some sort of child-rearing manual. Viewed in the correct light, it is an entertaining and engaging account of cultural adaptation and self-discovery.
This book is a great read/listen for anyone but especially for first generation adult children. I found many similarities in upbringing. I liked the overall story and I also liked Amy Chua as the narrator.
Ok. I get it. "Western Parents" need to be harder on our kids. That's what I've taken from it. After you get that message, you're stuck with hour upon hour of listening to poor writing from an author so impressed with herself that it becomes irritating. I'm so surprised at what "Western" society puts on our bestseller lists sometimes. This is really bad writing and maybe worse narration. It's poor even aside from her unconventional, sometimes kooky parental decisions. Make your kids more responsible and engage more in their lives. Got it? Ok, now you can skip the book.
An amusing, smart and unapologetic indictment of "Western" parenting. Chua avoids navel gazing and, instead, offers a sharp analysis of the downfalls of both pushing too hard and not pushing hard enough.
Very well written and wonderful reading skills.
Was very interesting getting to know a family dynamics and very enjoyable as well!