Amy Chua's new book, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom has hit a nerve with American mothers. Some are furious with her parenting style, others are intrigued and some are applauding her discipline. Regardless what we mothers might think about her techniques, I am intrigued that we are so swooned. Sure, she is no-doubt brilliant and highly motivated as a mother, but my concern is for the rest of us mothers who feel that we must compare our job to her's. Are we worried that perhaps she is onto something that we've missed?
Now we can, and should, always be open to better ways of parenting. But I think that the overwhelming intrigue with Dr. Chua stems from our insecurity that we're not doing it right. After listening to mothers for more than 25 years, here's what really worries me: we are a fragile lot. We are so afraid that we're doing it incorrectly that we need to read, double check and compare how we're parenting against someone like Dr. Chua. After all, her children are successful and we need to size up how we're parenting in order to get our kids to be equally successful to her's. Are we really that insecure, mothers?