It seems that when you scream at your kids and call them “garbage” and “fatty” on a regular basis, you often end up with depressed kids. That’s not an enormous surprise. What is surprising, however, that Amy Chua’s technique—which advises explosive anger and name-calling when a child falls short of expectations, amongst other things—doesn’t even get results. "[T]iger moms produced kids who felt more alienated from their parents and experienced higher instances of depressive symptoms. They also had lower GPAs, despite feeling more academic pressure." Chua, who originally wrote that “the solution to substandard performance is always to excoriate, punish and shame the child,” has back-pedaled slightly since her book was published in 2011.
May 8, 2013 // 18:59 // 10 months ago