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Forget Tiger Mom: Inspiring Perspective in Emily Rapp's "Notes From a Dragon Mom"

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Emily Rapp’s son, Ronan, was born with Tay-Sachs disease, for which there is no treatment and no cure. He is not likely to see his third birthday.

She writes in the New York Times Sunday Review her Notes From a Dragon Mom, a heartbreaking and beautiful perspective of bringing up a child with no future – only the current day is what matters. 

Considering Tiger Mom, Amy Chua’s declaration still rippling through parents’ thoughts and conversations –  that  “good, careful investments in your children will pay off in the form of happy endings, rich futures,” Rapp offers an extreme alternative, a way of parenting that she claims no one wants to see or know about, God forbid it happen to them.

My heart breaks for both Emily and Amy for different reasons. I’ve been the parent of a child with a life-threatening prognosis, but he did get better. However, I will never forget the isolation, confusion, and loneliness during his worst times. You quickly learn what truly matters in life when death is not far away, and the much-feared Dragon Mom just might have the most wisdom and strength of  them all.

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