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The Battle Hymn of the Chinese Mother - some interesting material

Amy  Chua is receiving lots of publicity for her book The Battle Hymn of the Chinese Mother in which she doesn't just critique but deride what has become standard American parenting practices. The Centre agrees with a small amount of her critique particularly that of low expectations and false praise. However, her bullying, win-at-all costs approach is anathema to us. Like many things in live there is a middle ground.

On the 8th February there was an interesting discussion between Amy Chua and a British child psychologist on Woman's Hour.

There was also an interesting piece in The New York Times saying that Chua's decision not to led her children sleep over at other girls' houses or go out with their friends was mollycoddling them. The columnist argues that it is negotiating these group dynamics which is cognitively challenging.

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