Chinese parents are better at raising kids than Western ones?
That’s how Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was supposed to start.
Based on that, I wouldn’t have picked it up – it seemed that insulting! But Funk insisted I’d love it, and I’m glad. The memoir evolved into a story of self-discovery.
Ms. Chua had a similar experience as I did with the media. No one can believe how corrupt the medium is unless they’ve been touched by it.
My experience with twisted words came during my husband’s time in the mayor’s office, and hers about beliefs she put in a book. While those situations are quite different, it’s comforting to know that the media burns many, and for nonsense!
Please don’t be affronted by Ms. Chua’s initial premise. She draws the same conclusion that I have with regards to parenting:
ALL children – East vs. West – want the same thing from their mothers: LOVE.
Which means, there is no right or wrong way to parent, as long as love is in the equation.
So, parent on!
The photo: my beautiful and beloved Chinese Medicine practitioner, Dr. Reiko (albeit, she’s Japanese!). Reiko put me on the “wellness path” more than 20 years ago, and I am forever grateful to her. The path includes health of the mind, body and spirit. This is who Funk and I did the cleanse in Hawaii with this time last year.