Eastern vs. Western Parenting Essay

903 Words Jul 15th, 2012 4 Pages
I always wondered what type of parent I would be… Would I be like my mother? Or would I make it up as I went along? I did not realize how much went into picking a style. Fast forward to less than a week after my daughter was born, I felt weak, unprepared and helpless; nothing like the mother I thought I would be. Reality had sunk in and here I was exhausted and responsible for making sure my daughter grew up to be a well adjusted member of society. I know my husband would say we are a “team” but let’s be real here, I lead and he follows. With what felt like the weight of the world on my shoulders I began my research. Around the same time, a new parenting debate sparked my interest, a Yale professor named Amy Chua published a book called …show more content…
In my opinion the potential disadvantages are something else to be considered. Some kids begin to hate school because of the pressure they felt to perform from their parents; some may even develop depression or anxiety or result to suicide.
By my research I can see how the Eastern parenting philosophy seemed controversial, according to Amy Chua’s (2011) article Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior she does not allow her daughters to: attend a sleepover, have a play-date, be in a school play, complain about not being in a school play, watch television or play computer games, chose their own extracurricular activities, get any grade less than an “A”, not be the number 1 student in every subject except gym and drama, play any instrument other than the piano or violin and not play the piano or violin (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754.html).
Next let us look at the characteristics of Western parenting. Western parents are more lenient with their children and believe that stressing the importance of academia is not good for the child and that school should always be fun. Western parents are also extremely concerned with their child’s self-esteem. Western parents tend to constantly reassure their children of the good job they are doing and encourage a high self-worth. Western parents also believe in a kid’s individuality and feel that a child should be given freedom to pursue their own desires. Some of the advantages of being

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