Well, of course Amy Chua aka Tiger Mom was named in TIME magazine’s list of this year’s most influential people in the world. You can’t swing a dead violin without hitting someone who’s asking Amy Chua for advice.
Amy Chua, wrote Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, a book about how her hardcore mothering which focused on achievements in school and classical instruments churned out two kids who — delicately put — are better than your kids. Even though the younger one broke free of the tyranny of Chua’s violin obsession, the early lessons instilled by the Tiger Mom (as opposed to softy Western moms who praise their kids) helped the girl excel at tennis.
Chua made the Top 100 list because, as Sheryl Sandberg writes, she got the whole world questioning whether we’re doing right by our kids. From Time:
She hit us where it hurts, questioning our parenting, our kids’ educational achievement and our nation’s ability to compete globally in today’s world.
Sandberg points out that Chua’s influence has been global, in that it’s getting actual Chinese moms to question whether a little Western leeway wouldn’t be better for kids in the long-run. Ironic!
Her book and subsequent discussion have given rise to all kinds of fuzzy parenting labels — pick yours!
The 2011 Time 100 List includes many mothers, the rest of whom aren’t causing millions of parents across the country to suddenly crack the homework whip and call their kids “fatty.” There’s even another Amy, whose work with Smart Girls at the Party might appear weak to a Tiger Moms eyes, but is useful to those of us who still think kids can reach their full potential without maternal harassment (as, in fairness, Chua also learned toward the conclusion of her memoir).
They list other moms, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, Michele Bachmann, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, tennis comeback Kim Clijsters, former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, author of What to Expect When You’re Expecting Heidi Murkoff (whose entry was written by mega-mom Michelle Duggar), and Arianna Huffington — among others.
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