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Parenting on the Wild Side: A Closer Look at Tiger Parenting

Tiger parenting is a term that became popular in the early 2010s and refers to a style of parenting characterized by strict, demanding, and highly involved parenting, often associated with some Asian cultures. This type of parenting emphasizes academic achievement and is often seen as a way to secure a better future for the child. However, this type of parenting has also been criticized for its potential to do more harm than good, such as causing stress and anxiety in children. It is typically marked by high expectations, rigorous academic and extracurricular achievement, and a focus on discipline and obedience. On the other hand, there are also parents who believe that too much focus on academic achievement can be detrimental to a child’s development. These parents believe that children should be encouraged to explore their interests and pursue hobbies, not just focus on academic achievement. They also believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore and make mistakes, without fear of negative consequences.

The term was popularized by “Ms. Amy Chua”, an American corporate lawyer, legal scholar, a professor and author of the book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” in which she discussed her own parenting style and the cultural influences behind it. She argued that parents should demand excellence and strict obedience from their children, and that failure to meet these expectations should be met with punishment. Her book sparked debate among parents, raising questions about what level of discipline is appropriate and the consequences of too much pressure.

Let’s take a look at some of the basics of Tiger parenting in order to understand it better.

What – Why & How of Tiger Parenting:

It’s important to note that while the term “tiger parenting” is often associated with certain cultural stereotypes, not all parents within these cultures follow this parenting style, and there is a wide range of parenting practices. Additionally, there is ongoing debate about the effectiveness and potential drawbacks of this parenting approach. While some argue that it can lead to high-achieving children, others contend that it may result in stress, anxiety, and strained parent-child relationships.

This style of parenting, though characterized by strict discipline, high expectations, and an emphasis on academic and extracurricular achievement, has both advantages and disadvantages. Whether it is advisable depends on various factors, including the child’s temperament, cultural context, and the degree to which the parenting style is applied. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of tiger parenting:

Advantages of Tiger Parenting:

Disadvantages of Tiger Parenting:

When Tiger Parenting May Be Advisable:

Tiger parenting is not universally recommended or necessary for all children. However, there may be specific situations where some elements of this parenting style can be beneficial. It’s essential to understand that the appropriateness of such parenting practices depends on the individual child, cultural context, and specific circumstances.

Here are some scenarios where aspects of tiger parenting may be considered:

Even if some aspects of tiger parenting can be effective, parents should be aware of its potential drawbacks and tailor their parenting approach to their child’s needs. To prevent negative consequences such as stress, anxiety, and strained parent-child relationships, it is crucial to strike a balance between high expectations and emotional support.

Tiger parenting is largely anecdotal and there are few case studies available. There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the concept, and further research is being conducted in this area. The best parenting approach for a child should be determined based on their unique personality, strengths, and weaknesses, and not based on a one-size-fits-all approach. It is generally recommended that parents combine high expectations with emotional support, adaptability, and open communication in order to promote a child’s overall wellbeing and development.

 – Makarand Bhatt

The writer of this blog is an experienced Global Career and education advisor, helping parents to plan and manage the global education of their children. You can share your feedback/reviews or connect with him at makarand.bhatt@yahoo.com or +91 99676 38666.

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