What's Right with the "Tiger Mother"
January 24, 2011
In a guest column on Boston.com, Wheelock Associate Professor Janine Bempechat weighs in on the debate over Amy Chua's controversial parenting memoir, Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother. Bempechat makes a case for preparing children for the increased challenges that schooling brings as they get older, even at the expense of their happiness. She writes, "To my mind, as both a parent and developmental psychologist who studies family, school, and cultural influences on learning and motivation, the heated national discourse about Chua's memoir have obscured the fact that she has delivered a well-deserved blow to our national obsession with children's happiness and self-esteem."