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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Daughter: How one family fought the myth that you need to destroy childhood in order to raise extraordinary adults. Paperback – 12 Dec 2011

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468073494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468073492
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,284,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

I love to write. That’s pretty much all I do. Ask my family about the undone laundry, the un-bought groceries, and the fact that I rarely find time to get dressed in the morning. Actually, if you train your family right, they won’t notice any of these things. "Popcorn for dinner again, mom! Cool," say my filthy children. God bless them, they don’t know what panty hose are. Oh, my poor husband. Anyway, it took me a long time to figure out WHAT to write. So I spent years writing ads, brochures, and company reports. If I had to give advice to anyone--which, thankfully, I don’t--it would be that if you want to write books, start now. In fact, get the heck off this website and do it. (First, throw your TV out the window. Good. Now write.) Are you still here? Okay, then you must be a pure reader (or my mother). Good for you. No money in writing. Best to have a real job. What else do you want to know about me? I love kids. I love cats. I love chocolate. (Not necessarily in that order.) I live just outside of Philadelphia with kids and cats and my dear husband. I also write small town romances under the name Sophie Gunn.


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This book was just an attempt at getting sales by cleverly adapting the title of another book - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. This book had nothing interesting to say, other than the mother was proud of her daughter. What mother isn't? Boring rubbish!!
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I found this book very reassuring and liked the way the mum and daughter alternated with their perspective on each situation. I am a healer and musician. Over the last few years i have been privileged to teach music to quite a few kids from easy going families. I recently took on a lovely little lad, however it soon came to light that the parents had very strict idea s about his teaching, I found it very difficult to communicate with them, it felt like we were on different planets. However for many people this is their life journey, they have the believe that high achievement in all things educational is essential to getting a good job and financial security, especially if they them selves have struggled financially or come from poorer countries, they are simply trying their best for their children as we all are. I feel it is important to follow your own passions and let your kids follow theirs, however I only got to this solution after my second child was born and had some life threatening illnesses, for me this really emphasised the importance of enjoying life and not trying to "keep up with the Jones" .
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She has the guts to steal the name of another book but ultimately doesn't even come close to being compared with it. The sections written by the daughter add little to the arguments she is trying to make, either.

If you are looking for a rebuttal to the "tiger mother" book, this is not it. You'll be disappointed.
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Diana Holquist must have the ego of an ant as she lays bare her inner neurosis and parenting worries for us to jointly exhale 'oh it's not just me then'. Embarrassed as I am by my mistakes of when I let Tiger Mother creep in, Diana writes in a way that allows you to feel positive about what you are doing as a parent and gives you permission to acknowledge some splashes of smugness for those rare times we Mothers get it right.
The daughter Hana is just an inspiration. I know the 'follow the sheep with same shade of lipstick' brigades are alive and well in schools, but Hana sings to her own unique tune without patronising those who can't keep up and being inclusive and empathetic even to those teachers who quite frankly, ( and I know I should know better than to say this Hana), are just rather ridiculous.
It's an honest book, full of humility and familiarity. I recommend this - and it won't leave you feeling inadequate because you don't live in France or haven't enforced 3 hours of piano practice a night on your 3 year old. It feels like a chat with true friend - and in Mummyland, honesty around one's children's achievements are, sadly, seldom.
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