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The Anti-Tiger Mother

Some posts ago I wrote about Amy Chua, the infamous "Tiger Mother," and her draconian parenting methods. It was immediately clear how her ideas held broad appeal to the swath of parents--myself included--who have high aspirations for their children and get sucked into the notion that children benefit from mastery. Read More

Comic Books

Ms. Taylor wrote:

“My take was somewhat different: as the mother of a dyslexic
child, I was drawn not so much to the concept of mastery as I was
to the idea that it's ok to push through some pain and suffering if the
end goal is worthy. In other words, battling with my daughter over
reading practice will be worth it in the long run, and I shouldn't be
afraid of tough love if it's going to help her learn to read.”

I think that encouraging your daughter to read is great. But even
better would be to encourage her to find books that she enjoys
reading, and thus encourage love of reading.

Reader's Digest used to have an excellent article about Ahmet Zappa
(son of Frank Zappa). Ahmet had dyslexia and did not learn to
enjoy reading until after he had dropped out of school and discovered
his parents' extensive comic book collection. He said that having fewer
words per page and the fact that the pictures helped to explain the story
made reading the comics really enjoyable. Reading the whole comic
book collection gave him the confidence to take up reading books.

Something to consider! Kind of a combination Tiger-Mom and


“What we read with inclination makes a much stronger impression.
If we read without inclination, half the mind is employed in fixing the
attention; so there is but one half to be employed on what we read.”
Quote from Samuel Johnson

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Zanthe Taylor, M.F.A., is a former dramaturg and English teacher who is currently raising two daughters in Brooklyn, NY.


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