5 December, 2012
Discipline: A Limitless Code of Behavior
How much discipline is too much discipline? Is there a limit to strict parenting? Families and parents really have no blueprint on raising their own children. Parents have to figure out the right passage through their traditions and values on to their children; it can either be in a conservative, liberal, or anything in between. In her essay, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” Amy Chua explains why her strict disciplining methods are better than anybody else’s. She compares the way Western parents and Chinese mothers teach and parent in two completely different ways, and describe the indifferences, “Even when Western parents think they’re being strict, they usually don’t come close to being Chinese mothers.”(2) But who is to say what parenting style produces successful children? Although strict parenting techniques are controlled through discipline, they are in fact successful and influence an individual to gain self-respect and dedication. Chua’s essay consists of how self-esteem is interpreted as shown in Amy Chua’s article, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” a professor at Yale Law School, makes a case that “Western parents worry a lot about their children’s self-esteem. But as a parent, one of the worst things you can do for your child’s self-esteem is to let them give up.”(1) She argues about how there are three different ways that separate the Chinese and Western parental mind-sets. One of her claims is that western parents get “anxiety attacks” when they see their children fail and try to reconcile their feelings from being broken inside of their minds by applauding their effort. She also argues that Chinese parents expect everything from their children just because it’s considered to their wise virtue of respect of Confucian filial piety. Which is to be someone’s beliefs of importance of virtue and primary duty of respect, obedience, and care for...