Today is another wind chill advisory day. The good thing about these days is watching movies and reading books.
I started a new book yesterday, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua. It is a book I've heard a lot about but I haven't read it yet so I'm excited to read it and then discuss it with my book club in a couple of weeks.
This is a quote from the very first page of the book. Chua is explaining how Chinese parents raise such successful kids. This is what she states:
"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 #1 student in every subject except gym and drama
- play any instrument other than the piano or violin
- not play the piano or violin"
Wow! Like I said, this was page 1. It immediately grabbed my attention because this isn't common childrearing in America. I am now on page 60 of this book. One thing that I really like about her writing is her honesty and her transparency.
As a parent and as a teacher, I think I will be able to relate to many aspects of this book. Right before chapter one she states: "This was supposed to be a story of how Chinese parents are better at raising kids than Western ones. But instead, it's about a bitter clash of cultures, a fleeting taste of glory, and how I was humbled by a thirteen-year-old."
I can't wait to read more about her journey! I hope to learn more about myself and my personal views as a parent and as a teacher through her.