Yin Or Yang, East Or West

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Based on “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior, by Amy Chua, my mother raised me in a Western manner, while my father wanted to raise me in an Eastern sense. Being brought up this way I witness both sides of the parenting styles, and I have come to believe that an Eastern oriented parenting method is more beneficial for a child’s future.
First and foremost, I’ve enjoyed my freedom at an early age (compared to relatives of my age), but now I must work harder than I may have needed. Thanks to my mother, I received freedom at a young age. I was raised by my mother in a Western sense and I’d say since second grade I’ve been somewhat of a free child; moreover, I was allowed to hang out all the time ...view middle of the document...

Children become passionate for many things and unpassionate for others; nevertheless, what they’re not passionate about may be essential in a prosperous life, for example: math, English, science, history, etc. “To get good at anything you have to work, and children on their own never want to work” (Chua 411). If my father had pushed me rather than allowing my mother to baby me, I could have a better perspective on things, I could be at a bigger school right now, I more than likely wouldn’t be as behind as I am now, or I could even be a professional soccer player by now. The point is, if my father were to push me the endless possibilities could only be positive. On the other hand, Western parents are much more lenient in comparison to Eastern parents. As mentioned earlier, my mother (Western) wanted to focus on my freedom and growing me in the same way other kids did in my community, while my father (Eastern) wanted to ready me for adult life by any means necessary. “it is crucial to override the [child’s] preferences… the child will resist; things are always hardest at the beginning, which is where Western parents tend to give up” (Chua 411). By doing whatever it takes to prepare a child, the child will, in fact, smoothly transition into an adult career oriented life; despite the positives, Western parents aren’t willing enough to make their children feel awful about themselves. “[Western parents] try to reassure their children about how good they are” (Chua 412), by doing this parents are giving their children false hope.
Lastly, I believe children are indebted to their parents. Growing up, my mother wanted me to have a satisfying childhood; at the same time, she had sacrificed the respect she deserves. Occasionally, I treat my parents dreadfully; for this reason, I ...

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