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!
I had high hopes for this book when I first began reading it, and in the first chapter or two it actually made me rethink some of my parenting skills and had some really good "reality checks" for being too soft on your kids. But this woman is so completely over the top, I could barely finish the story. I was so tired of her comparison approach to "Western" parenting as opposed to "Chinese" parenting, I could have puked. It smacked of gross generalizations and racism. She constantly bashed Western parenting (whatever that means as it was a totally stereotypical perspective) while she bashes her children with her outrageous demands. This woman is so over the top, you really just want to smack her! Her perspective is so pretentious and elitist, it's sickening. She complains of "American Consumerism" and yet her whole life phylosophy is built on elitism, all the while living in her three story home with a ping pong room, throwing insanely expensive parties, and traveling all over the world.... gee I can see consumerism is a big issue in her household. GAG ME!!!!!! At the end of this story, I wavered between feeling really really pissed off and physically sick. She is NO Amy Tan.... that is for sure. As to her narration, if the authors reading is any where close to the way she speaks to her kids (which I'm sure she toned down to flatter herself) I feel sorry for her kids and her husband. While she says she's just being tough to spur them on to greatness, she really just comes off as being tyrannical, controlling, and self absorbed in the extreme - terrified of what others will think of HER because of her children. YUCK!
Amy Chua has come under a lot of fire for this book. I think most of the people decrying her as an abusive parent are basing their claims on the distorted synopsis done by The Wall Street journal article "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior." (The title wasn't Chua's choice.)
This book is written with a lot of humor and brutal honesty. It gives the reader much to think about. I don't agree with everything Chua says and definitely feel she could have dialed it back a bit, but she raises important issues every parent must face. Every kid has 24 hours each day to use, should they use it texting for 4 hours a day? Watching TV for 6 hours? Playing stupid Facebook games for hours on end? Blasting enemy soldiers into gobs of goo on their Playstation 3s or Xboxes?
While there is a lot of space between letting your kid be a "typical" American and being a Tiger Mother, the USA's dismal education record says more parents need to be as engaged as Amy Chua.