Bringing up kids………………….

Kindadukish's Blog - I am not a number, I am a free man (The Prisoner)

Interesting piece in the Times today about competitive parents and the current trend of reading their children only the books they believe will increase their offspring’s’ “language development” and give them “a head start at school.” Ally this to the compulsory music lessons, extra private tuition, attending essential cultural events and mixing with the “right” people and it gives you some idea of the climate in which some children are being reared.

This seems to be following the trend of Tiger Mother Amy Chua, the super strict Chinese-American disciplinarian who became an overnight sensation in the U.S. this year when she wrote about her tough parenting style. But she looks like a pussycat next to her mainland Chinese equivalent, “Wolf Dad” Xiao Baiyou.

“I have more than a thousand rules: specific detailed rules about how to hold your chopsticks and your bowl, how to pick up food, how to…

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