Eastern vs. Western Parenting Essay
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