'Superior Parenting?' Is One Style Really Enough?

analytical Essay
1310 words
1310 words

The question most new parents, even future parents, ask themselves is will they raise successful kids? Even if it comes to mind the day of birth or even the last day of high school, parents are always concerned if they are raising their kids in a successful way or if they are just messing up completely. Just like there is variety in cultures there is variety in parenting styles. Two articles that briefly describe two different parenting styles is the author of The Wall Street Journal Amy Chua’s “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”, and author and educator Rick Ackerly of the “‘Superior Parenting?’ That’s Crazy Talk. Children Need only 3 Things”. But is there really a method that is superior to the rest? In “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” Amy Chua describes the differences between Chinese and Western mothers. Chua explains how Western parents worry more about how their kids are going to feel if the parent says the wrong thing, and on the contrary Chinese parents think that their kid should be strong enough to take any shameful thing their parent might say. Second she says, “Chinese parents believe that their kids owe them everything”(para 15), and that the child should always obey and try to make their parents proud because that is their only responsibility. Third, she states that Chinese parents think that they know what is best for their kids and that is why they must decide on everything for their kids. According to Chua, Chinese parents believe they do not have to consider what the child’s desire and preference might be. Rick Ackerly argues that Amy Chua is wrong and that “no mother I [he] have known would claim that their parenting style is superior”(para 4). According to Ackerly, kids only need three things from their parent... ... middle of paper ... ...cessful kids they must have things that are contrary to each other. Chua believes in the authority figure, whereas Ackerly believes in leniency and just giving feedback. Even though these two articles approach parenting in two different ways, it makes me wonder if in fact there is a way to be superior and to always raise successful children. In my opinion, parents need to have a mixture of authority and trust in the child as a decision maker. First the parent should let the child decide on any extracurricular activity, but make the child stick to it without giving up. Next the parent should give the children freedom as long as their education comes before everything else. No parent is superior to another; all they need to have is love and trust that their child will do whatever makes them happy when older, and all parents can have the power to raise successful kids.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that parents are always concerned about raising their kids in a successful way or if they are just messing up completely. amy chua and rick ackerly describe two different parenting styles.
  • Analyzes amy chua's "why chinese mothers are superior" to explain the differences between chinese and western mothers.
  • Analyzes how rick ackerly argues that amy chua is wrong and that no mother i have known would claim that their parenting style is superior.
  • Analyzes how chua and ackerly both identify accurate parenting styles and techniques that could be used in different scenarios.
  • Analyzes how chua and ackerly discuss a concern in every parent, in which they wonder if they are doing the right job.
  • Analyzes how chua believes that having a lot of authority makes children more successful because it makes them not want to give up at the most difficult part. ackerly states that we should support whatever decision children make because they are driven to make something for themselves.
  • Argues that chua and ackerly have come up with ways that they believe could make their children more successful when older.
  • Opines that parents should balance being strict at times with being lenient at others. they argue that letting kids make their own decisions is effective but parents need to be able to reach an agreement.
  • Analyzes how ackerly and chua describe different parenting styles and what is most important to have when raising successful children. both authors believe that to raise successful kids they must have things that are contrary to each other.
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