24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Engrossing and entertaining,
This review is from: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Hardcover)
Certainly brings back my childhood as my upbringing was very similar. However, was allowed to go to the bathroom and quit something, as long as you have given it a good go, explained your reasons and then told sternly not to regret it later. I was pushed hard to achieve the best in everything I do and is that such a bad thing? It was not as if I was stripped of any happiness and joy of being a kid.
I didn't think it was too harsh or particularly odd, until I came to study in England in my teens on a scholarship. I was actually a bit 'weirded out' that kids were talking back to their parents and nobody was upset about failing subjects. No parents. Everything was more relaxed, nothing was regularly monitored (or expected) and I had a minor rebellion. Slept in later, missed a few classes, went out more. All came to head one day when I realised that I actually WANT to do well, I CAN do much better and yes, admittedly, my parents would probably be very angry if I didn't buck up and straighten myself out. Plus, it is ridiculously expensive to go out in London so often.
As I grow older, I appreciated the way I was exposed to so many things, and am very grateful I could do things that others could not. Annoyingly, I DID regret quitting certain things early, like ballet and Tae Kwan Do. My parents believed I could be the best, and there's nothing like someone believing in you to make you do better.
Some of the kids I've seen (an even some parents) could certainly use a little bit of Tiger Mother in their life. Everything in balance.