2013 may be the Year of the Snake, but 2011 was the Year of the Tiger Mom. In 2011, Amy Chua, a Chinese-American woman, stole the spotlight with her controversial book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” In the book Chua told stories of the strict parenting methods she used to raise her two daughters. At one point, Chua rejects her birthday card her daughter made for her, because she felt it was too plain and her daughter had not put in enough effort.
While Chua describes tiger parenting as a way to push children to realize their full potential, a study published this year found that this overbearing type of parenting can have detrimental effects. Statistics showed that suicide is the second leading cause of death among Asian-American women between the ages of 15-24, and that these women, along with Asian-Americans over the age of 65, show the highest rates of depression both in terms of race and gender. Failing to live up to “model minority” expectations, and family pressure are often cited as the cause.
While the negative outcomes don’t sound too promising, children raised by tiger moms can go on to be extremely successful. As of 2010, 49% of Asian-Americans held a Bachelor’s degree or higher, about 21% higher than the rest of the United States’ population. Asian-Americans are also the leaders in median household income, averaging around $66,000 a year, compared to $49,800 for U.S. population as a whole.
Find out more about the benefits and the damage caused by tiger parenting from the infographic below, presented by masters-in-teaching.com.
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