No More Tiger Mom Parenting in China!
Capability:Mom loves the Wall Street Journal, as do I, but my husband does not like right wing publications so my subscription was never renewed and actually banned from my house. She sent me this interesting link on a phenomenon in China regarding a new parenting book that is all the rage that I would rename: Forget Thousands of Years of Confucian Thinking That is the Back Bone of Your Society and Embrace Western Child Rearing Practices. It’s actually titled Chinese Parenting Advice Undergoes a Small Revolution by Victoria Ruan. This seemingly innocuous best seller might actually be a game-changer — imagine if the next generation of children in China (billions of them) start thinking like a Westerner?! Democracy can’t be far behind. (And it’s a slippery slope to spoiled children who don’t listen to their elders !).
Today the Juggle travels to China to explore a bestselling parenting book that encourages more independence and creativity in children – a major shift from traditional Chinese child-rearing advice. Beijing researcher Victoria Ruan filed this report.
Here are some interesting excerpts:
- A Chinese child-rearing book that has been a runaway success in China has this piece of advice: Listen to your child.
- For a parent to question a teachers’ decision is highly unusual in China.
- Yin [a parent following advice from this book] also encouraged her daughter not to be bound by narrow thinking. When a preschool teacher told the then three-year-old girl that she shouldn’t have painted a river pink, Yin simply said, “Rivers can be pink.”