My sister shared an article with me that was in the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago. You may have seen it. The article was titled "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior". Click here for a link to the article.
Wow. Reading that article was kind of a clarifying moment for me in my parenting. I am not saying that I am going to adopt her list of what she doesn't allow her children to do. However, she has prompted me to think about what I hold most important for my children. I have been thinking about what it is that I think gets in the way of those values. What are my priorities for them, and how are we living that in day to day life?
When I read the article, I was not offended by the author's ideas or defensive of my parenting. Many of her ideas I would not feel comfortable implementing with my children. However, she has made me think deeply about our parenting priorities and what our non-negotiables are, and I am grateful for that.