2013 is the Year of the Snake, but 2011 was definitely the Year of the Tiger Mom. In 2011, Amy Chua, a Chinese-American mother, published her controversial book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” Chua’s book left many readers enraged, but she claimed her methods only pushed her daughters to realize their full potential. In her house, perfection is the goal. Chua expects only the best out of her children, accepting only the highest grades, and forcing them to practice their musical instruments every day. At one point Chua rejects her daughter’s birthday card, because she lacks to see that the girl put in any real effort. In another, she calls her oldest daughter, “garbage” for being disrespectful.
In a tiger mom’s home, “Work hard, play hard” does not apply. Social events, sleepovers, and extracurricular activities are all banned. Why do tiger moms revert to these harsh methods? A recent study found that children raised by tiger parents can go on to be extremely successful. Asian-Americans are the leading group to hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, and they lead the United States’ median household income by more than $16,000. But is it worth it? Tiger moms also produced children who experienced feelings of alienation from their parents, and showed high symptoms of depression. It was also found that suicide was the second leading cause of death among Asian-Americans between the ages of 15-24. Failing to reach minority expectations, and extreme family pressure, are often cited as factors in these suicides.
Check out this infographic from Masters-in-Teaching.com Degrees to find out more about the effects tiger parenting can have on children.
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