Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

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Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

Amy Chua is the author of “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” where she describes the differences in Chinese parenting versus American parenting. In the book, Chua, describes Chinese parents as very structured, only expecting the best from their children. Anything less than the best is not good enough. This structured way of living is stressed in both education and sports. Chua details that the Chinese mother, will spend up to 5 or 6 hours a day with their children assisting with education. These hours of extra work are performed after school hours. It is best described that all Chinese children are expected to receive exceptional grades in school rather than just getting by. In the Chinese culture, children owe their parents for years of hard work and exceptional parenting.

If they are not performing to the parents expectations, they do not blame the teachers, but rather they blame the child for being lazy. Chinese parents teach that to be good at something, you must practice. Chua admits in her book that Chinese parents can get away with being a bit more demanding when it comes to making children excel in their studies. She describes Chinese parents as just as loving and caring as the Westerners, but shows this in a different manner from the Western parents. In contrast to Chinese parents, Chua writes that Western parents are more lenient, spending less time on academics, approximately 30 minutes a day, and spending more of their time encouraging their children to play sports to build character. Western parents teach that doing their best is just as good as making an A, and are less likely to be verbally strict on their children for fear of making them upset or offending them. Chua writes that Western children do not feel indebted to their parents the same way the Chinese children do. Western...
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