Does the Tiger Mother Have Parenting Wisdom for Prepper Families?

The Tiger Mother refers to Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother which stirred up some controversy about parenting styles. On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio my guest and I spent some time discussing the difference between the way Chinese and American parents raise their children.

Rebecca Ensign, Director of Help Teach Your Children, summarized key differences between Chinese and American parenting. We agreed that American families used to parent more like the Chinese or Asians until the last couple of generations. Generally speaking, we’ve lost the firmness and authoritativeness we once had and have become permissive parents.

If you’ve read this far, you may be wondering what any of this has to do with prepping. As I see it, having things in order at home with your family is critical for survival. If you’re going to set up a homestead, for example, you’d better know who’s the parent and who’s the child. Who’s in charge?

Help Teach Your Children is a program designed to motivate parents to become more engaged in their children’s education. I would encourage you to go the extra mile and consider home schooling.

Could such a resource strengthen family bonds enough to keep your child from being put on medication for ADD or some other alleged disorder? That may be up to you. The secret is wrapped up in being the parent and getting to know your child.

What is she interested in? What would she be missing if her abilities aren’t recognized and stimulated?

Anold saying says, “Charity begins at home.” I’d say prepping begins at home.

In my conversation with Rebecca Ensign we discussed more than I can relate here. I encourage you to listen to DestinySurvival Radio for August 18, 2011.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.