The Bottom Line
- Chua is funny and a fluid writer.
- Can provide genuine wisdom and inspiration on motivating kids or yourself.
- Short chapters and easy reading.
- Some readers may be turned off by her extreme parenting style.
- 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother' by Amy Chua was published in January 2011
- Publisher: Penguin Group
- 256 Pages
Guide Review - 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother' by Amy Chua - Book Review
In short, tiger mothers push their children. Hard. Contra the Western model which rewards a child’s effort, tiger mothers reward only complete success when preceded by considerable effort. As a result, their children tend to be driven and excel in whatever they pursue -- which is also entirely determined by their mother. They don’t have the freedom and choice we Westerners give our children, and consequently, they waste less time on idle pursuits. On the other hand, they also aren’t good at, as Chua put it, "enjoying life," and they don’t give much attention to less formal aspects of knowledge like navigating social circles and engaging people.
We read this book out loud and laughed out loud all through it. It’s that funny. But it also holds valuable lessons about raising children, learning, and adapting to changing circumstances. You will likely reject many details of Chua’s philosophy and style, but it is still a stimulating book. And you can’t argue with success.