Are you a tiger mom?

I think it’s safe to say that most parents want their kids to do well in school, right?  At the very least, we want our children to try hard to get good grades.  Well, yesterday, to my surprise, I learned that a 12 year old boy eagerly went home to share his grades with his mom, and he thought the 97/100% score would get a pat on the shoulder, at the very least.

To his surprise, and definitely mine, I was told that she smacked him in the face, and of course, this sent her son off feeling inadequate perhaps, or at the very least, unloved, maybe.  It’s a day later, and I’m still astounded every time I think of the incident. I have heard the term “Tiger” mom used in the community, and I always thought I understood how parents felt about keeping their children focused. However, after this story, I decided to google the actual definition:  Here’s what I found:

According to Wikipidia, “Tiger parenting is strict or demanding parenting. Tiger parents push and pressure their children to attaining high levels of academic achievement, using authoritarian parenting methods. The term was coined by Yale Law School professor Amy Chua in her 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” This definition really brought it home for me, and made me really think about my parenting style, and even has me considering making some adjustments.  How do you feel about this subject?

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