Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Interesting article on mothering styles

Here is an interesting article that was in the Wall Street Journal comparing Chinese mothers to Western mothers and why the author thinks the Chinese mothering style is superior. Both my husband and I found ourselves taking both sides while reading, but I found it insightful and it gave me something to ponder. Whether you agree or not, it is an interesting read.

A excerpt:

"A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's like inside the family, and whether they could do it too. Well, I can tell them, because I've done it. Here are some things my daughters, Sophia and Louisa, were never allowed to do:

• attend a sleepover

• have a playdate

• be in a school play

• complain about not being in a school play

• watch TV or play computer games

• choose their own extracurricular activities

• get any grade less than an A

• not be the No. 1 student in every subject except gym and drama

• play any instrument other than the piano or violin

• not play the piano or violin."

Read the rest of the article here.

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