I did a quick search last night for parenting trends for January. One of the first results that popped up was for a blog post written by Laurie Gelman of BabyCenter.com. The post referenced was from mid-January, entitled “Maybe Tiger Mom Has a Point”.
Now, I don’t know about you, but everything I have heard about Tiger Mom, Amy Chua, pisses me off. I wrote a rather flippant, non-serious response to it here last year, and I still refuse to read her book. I simply do not believe in the views she puts forth and the need to (in my opinion) punish children into perfection.
Reading Laurie’s post got me riled up at first, simply because of the nature of the situation. The first few comments had me ready to blow up, but most folks who commented didn’t really agree either, so I simmered down a bit. I do understand wanting your children to live up to their potential, but rewriting a thank you card? Is it that serious? Had it been illegible, maybe, but because it wasn’t her best work? Come on, Laurie!
I don’t know, maybe I’m turning into one of those parents who is part of the problem rather than the solution to laziness and half-assery; but never in my (almost) 16 years of being a parent would I have my kid rewrite a note to their grandmother. Schoolwork, yes, but grandma isn’t grading them and is probably tickled half to death that they are even writing in the first place.
I just don’t know exactly how I feel about this. What do you think? Too much? Or is Laurie justified?