Friday, March 24, 2017

Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age a Book Review

I was contacted to do a review of a book called “Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age.” The book is about meshing East and West Parenting when it comes to LEARNING!

I was contacted last year (I mean like September) to do a review of a book called “Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age.” Do to life happening this review is just now happening. The book is about meshing East and West Parenting when it comes to LEARNING! If you think I am about to give you a review on a book about parenting in general that is not the case. If you are still interested in my review keep reading.


This book was written by a well educated, educator. Maya was raised in the east and taught in the west, until she moved back to the east with her children. This is when she realized that the focus of education was vastly different in the east. The east had great focus on math, but she had been taught through the west the focus is reading. Thus beginning the journey to write this book, and understanding how to teach education of both math and reading with (hopefully) equal importance in the home. The book has a bit of a biography feel to it as some parts where the write reflects on past events that brought her to where she is, but the book always stays to topic. This book was differently written with the idea that the information would be used and not just stored in your mind.

When I read a book like this there are 3 things I look for:


  1. How well does it get its point across.
  2. How well did it get to the point.
  3. Can I apply what it is talking about.


These three things will be the big determining factors of how many starts this books gets. With that said outside of these three things there are six things about this book I loved.


  1. This book gives you great tips on how to apply the information. Take for instance after the chapter on math it talked about ways you can help a child learn math in fun ways like playing card games, chess, Mine-craft (in moderation).
  2. Real mothers were talked to when coming up with the information. I think when coming up with ideals involving parenting it is ALWAYS a good idea to actually involve parents.
  3. It talks about the pros and cons of both cultures and how they teach. It is very easy to idealize another culture for what they have, I think it could help parents see that there is no right and true way. You kind of just do what you think is best and pray.
  4. It talks about the negative effects of children associating self-worth and esteem with what they know. Trying is always the important thing.
  5. It took into account culture. I don’t understand why more people do not take this into account when talking about education.
  6. The book was written in a qualitative research form. This is hands down my favorite form of research in both psychology and sociology. It reads so much more personal than other types of research.


With all great things come a few not so great things.


  1. I don’t know how much of this book is realistic for working moms let alone single working moms. I am not saying some of this stuff is not doable. I have implemented some of these things in Noah and I’s life, but to the extent the book talked about implementing learning into day to day life, it's not going to happen.
  2. I am not sure if people without some college education (or knowledge in reading research papers) will follow the book. The problem with it being written in Qualitative research form is it targets a educated, well to do, probably married type of parent. It really cuts out a lot of different types of parents.


Getting back to the three things I look for in a book:

  1. How well does it get its point across. 5/5  This book does a good job of telling how to apply the information.
  2. How well did it get to the point. 3/5 I am not a fan of extra commentary I really like books to just get to the point (this is a flaw my teachers have pointed out in both my rating and my willingness to read something.). Now if you are not like that and you don’t mind a few extra words you’ll love it.
  3. Can I apply what it is talking about. 3/5 As stated earlier I am not sure how many working moms could apply a lot of this information. I mean you would really have to be taking on a second job as teacher.


With all said, my final thoughts are this. The book is a solid 3 ½ stars. It is a really good book and gives great information in a new day and age on how to teach children. It shows the best and worst of the way the east and west teach and this can help as a parent see that if your child is struggling it is not just about  what you or them are doing, it's about school, society, and the culture the child is in. But the number one thing this book shows is education has to be important in the home and effort has to be put out by both parents (in our case single moms) and child(ren). Education is team work, and anything that helps parents see that is a win for me.  For that reason I would recommend this book.

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I was contacted to do a review of a book called “Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age.” The book is about meshing East and West Parenting when it comes to LEARNING!

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Shakirah
Shakirah

Shakirah is a single mom to a 5 year old. She is a blogger, teacher, and graduate student. Her goal is to bring a more positive and realistic look into the lives of single mothers.

7 comments:

  1. I ahve to get this book. The concept sounds interesting. Being an Asian, I have been also termed as a pushy-mom and I would hate to be branded like that.

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    1. It is a great read and gives a lot of insight into how both cultures prioritize different things. It also shows how we stress about different things when it comes to education.

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  2. I think there are no rules when it comes to motherhood. Doing your best is all you can hope for because there will be days when it goes horrible wrong and there will be days when you get it all right!

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  3. Sounds like an interesting book. It's so nice to have your comprehensive review - it really helps! Thanks!

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  4. I will check this book out. The concept sounds interesting.

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    1. It is and it is eye opening on some things.

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