Is Tiger Parenting Truly the Best Choice ?

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Is Tiger Parenting Truly the Best Choice ?

Recent years, Chinese traditional way to rear a child has raised great interest to westerners. The typical Chinese parenting, which is known as "Tiger Parenting" do cultivate some talents. Moreover, a lot of Chinese possess well controlled behavior and they are inclined to obey all the rules set by their parents, working hard to achieve success. That is why Tiger Parenting is so attractive to more and more westerners that they are constantly discussing that and even desperate to try, when their children often fail to live up to their expectations. However, is Tiger Parenting truly the best choice? I don't think so. Despite all the prominent achievements made, in reality Tiger Parenting has more disadvantages than its advantages. It stumbles in three ways.

To begin with, Tiger Parenting prohibits children 's creativity. In her essay "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior?", Amy Chua, the Yale professor, who recently wrote a book on this topic, gives us a general picture of her "successful" model of raising a child.

She mentions that attending a sleepover is not allowed. With all the rules to follow, her two girls are both growing up under her tough control. Throughout growth, everything comes in order, and mistakes or any deviation are not allowed. Children will do exactly what their parents tell them to do. Suppose you ask a child why he is so obedient, he will probably tell that is because his parents tell him to do so. But, as Kevin Arnold, a noted psychologist, says,"The price of comformity is the loss of creative potential...Children reared by a Tiger Mom risk having never learned to think outside the box."(1) Perhaps that's the reason why Nobel Prize winners are not always among Chinese. Children are least likely...