Are the good-old Politically Correct Parent Wars heating up?

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When Amy Chua came out with her memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Motherin 2011, thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s headline Why Chinese Mothers Are Superiora headline that Chua didn’t write—a firestorm of criticism was unleashed. Chua even received death threats and because I defended her parenting methods in the Amazon forum for her memoir, my own published work was attacked for the first time in more than three years by a small rash of 1-star reviews.

Get ready for the next Parenting Wars, because Chua has another book coming out this February called The Triple Package, and it’s already been attacked by critics who hate her parenting methods. In this nonfiction book, Amy Chua is not alone. Her husband Jed Rubenfeld is the co-author; Rubenfeld is an author in his own right with several novels under his belt—his TheInterpretation of Murder

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6 thoughts on “Are the good-old Politically Correct Parent Wars heating up?

  1. Seen from the equanimity of The Bay Area, your defense looks reasonable, if not generous. The internet, though, is not such a haven of moderation. Must the price we pay for openness and immediacy be broadside attacks? Let’s hope not, but, better yet, let us join to spread equanimity and appreciative listening on-line. It is good to know that some push their children to perform and some do not. You are right to defend their choices to do so.

    • Thank you. I might not agree with permissive parents who are obsessed with boosting the self esteem of their children but I’m not going to wage a war to censure their voice. I think both sides have a right to express what they believe and then defend it without the snarky, mean spirited attacks that usually appear.

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