An interesting article. Some ideas are extreme but many are spot on...
The Wall Street Journal, THE SATURDAY ESSAY , JANUARY 8, 2011
Why Chinese Mothers Are
Superior ; Can a regimen of no playdates, no TV, no computer games and hours of
music practice create happy children?
"What Chinese parents understand is that nothing is fun until you're good at it. To get good at anything you have to work, and children on their own never want to work, which is why it is crucial to override their preferences. This often requires fortitude on the part of the parents because the child will resist;... Tenacious practice, practice, practice is crucial for excellence; rote repetition is underrated in America. Once a child starts to excel at something—whether it's math, piano, pitching or ballet—he or she gets praise, admiration and satisfaction. This builds confidence and makes the once not-fun activity fun. This in turn makes it easier for the parent to get the child to work even more."
"But as a parent, one of the worst things you can do for your child's
self-esteem is to let them give up. On the flip side, there's nothing better for
building confidence than learning you can do something you thought you