Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

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When it comes to upbringing there have always been hundreds of theories of how to do it right. Since it became illegal to punish your child in a violent matter the whole idea of upbringing changed. The tendency seems to have been a lesser strict way of raising your child in the Western countries. The result of this kind of upbringing is a highly debated subject, where there is a very negative attitude towards the modern Western way of raising a child. This attitude is coming from the Chinese parents living in the Western countries. Amy Chua is one of those parents. She has written an article about the differences between Western parenting and Chinese parenting called, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.”

She believes in a strict upbringing where TV and play dates are not part of the agenda. An upbringing where grades lower than an A are downright disappointing and the sentences “I don’t want to” and “I can’t” does not exist. There is no compromising in this kind of upbringing and the parents are in full control of everything the child does. According to Amy Chua all these things are necessary if you want your child to succeed in life. Even though this may seem very rough to the most Western parents, it is what is best for your child and it will only have a positive effect. As Amy Chua explains, “What Chinese parents understand is that nothing is fun until you’re good at it. To get good at anything you have to work, and children on their own never want to work, which is why it is crucial to override the their preferences.” (…) “But if done properly, the Chinese strategy produces a virtuous circle. Tenacious practice, practice, practice is crucial for excellence; rote repetition is underrated in America.” (Page 7, line 44-49) If you want your child to be good at everything, it requires a big amount of work from you as a parent.

Studies have shown that Chinese parents spent approximately 10 times longer every day, doing academic activities with their...
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