Licking your elbow, eating an entire plateful of a food you hate or listening to voice-mails from your mother-in-law are just a few of things that can be nearly impossible to do and that no one can give good advice for. The most difficult of these tasks is probably raising kids, even though there are hundreds of books trying to tell you how to do it. If you’re one of those people who wonder how Chinese parents manage to raise such stereotypically successful kids, get the inside scoop and pay R145 for a copy of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.
There are some people who have problems even stopping their plants from growing skew; understandably then, raising a child can be one of the most difficult things you’ll ever have to do. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother details the story of a mother raising two daughters and two dogs, and while it’s supposed to be about how Chinese parents are better at parenting, it ends up detailing a clash of cultures, a fleeting taste of glory and how the author was humbled by a thirteen-year old.
Whether you’re raising your own army of mini-me’s, you’re
looking for a new perspective or you want to find out what banning children
from sleepovers and school-plays will do for the grade average, this unique
memoir will change your ideas of parenting forever. Of course, Amy Chua did
more than prohibit sleepovers and the memoir is better than any self-help book
because Amy has actually been there. She details what it’s like inside the
average family and shows what Chinese parents do to produce so many math
geniuses and piano prodigies – of course, she’s also the kind of mother who
throws a three year-old out into the cold because You can’t stay in the house if you don’t listen to Mommy, complains
that the family rabbits aren’t intelligent enough and turns piano lessons into
gauntlets so gruelling that one girl leaves teeth-marks on the piano.
In Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy relates the experience of raising children the Chinese way, the art of obsessive-parenting and one narcissist’s quest for happiness. A best-seller with books translated into eight languages, Amy Chua provides a book bound to cause debate, with enough perspective on parenting to be helpful and diabolically well-written enough to be a hilarious and eye-opening read for everyone.