The birth of a child is also the birth of the parents. The bond they share is special; however, different methods of parenting can affect it to a great extent. Some parents choose a strict method of upbringing, while some are patient and lenient. In this article, we shall discuss a form of stringent parenting, called “Tiger Parenting” and its effects on kids. Let’s dive into the topic and know what tiger parenting is.
Tiger parenting is a debatable method of parenting as it uses harsh methods to control children. It is a form of strict and demanding parenting. When parents use methods of fear and authority to make their children comply with their demands, they are referred to as tiger parents. This method is based on the Asian values of independence and stressed on creating a committed relationship between parents and children.
In tiger parenting, parents put high expectations on their children to meet their academic needs and often rely on harsh methods to drive them towards their goals. Tiger moms and dads have a strong belief that strict measures are needed to make their children tough, confident, successful, and prepare them for the future.
Tiger parenting is derived from authoritarian parenting, but it not quite the same. As with authoritarian parenting, tiger parenting involves following a strict set of rules and regulations and setting high expectations for children, but it also includes some level of positive parenting. Therefore, tiger parents also go a long way to protect their children from any obstacles and provide them with every kind of warmth and support. Thus, tiger parenting involves both control and affection.
While you are wondering about your method of parenting, there are a few signs that can help you figure out if you are a tiger parent or not.
You are a tiger mom/dad if:
These are some of the signs of a tiger parent. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this style of parenting.
While Tiger parenting might seem strict and a little bit harsh on the children, researchers have found potential benefits of tiger parenting. Some of the pros of having tiger parents are:
Though parents always wish the best for their children, tiger parenting has some cons that one must remember. It can have some adverse effects, such as the ones given below, on the upbringing of the children.
Research shows that tiger parenting is not the best parenting style. Parents must adopt supportive parenting when raising kids.
A study conducted on 444 Chinese-American families infers that parenting types are divided into four categories based on eight traits – four positive and four negative. While positive traits refer to love, warmth, etc., the negative traits relate to fear and pressure required for motivating them. The tiger method of parenting scored high on all the eight traits while the supportive parenting scored high on the positive traits only.
Most parents turned out to be supportive, and that challenged the stereotype that Asian-American parents are majorly tiger parents. While tiger parenting may have some pros as well as some cons, it is believed to be a non-good method of parenting for children.
The research concludes that the best way of parenting is not tiger parenting but supportive parenting. It helps children become more social and confident. Children with supportive parents are likely to get up again after experiencing failure than those raised by tiger parents.
Although development in children is based on their environment, schools, peers, and their friends, parents play a key role in shaping their behaviours as well as characters. Parenting methods can be best chosen to ensure they do not hinder growth and development in children. Therefore, a wise mix of supportive and tiger parenting methods, with more emphasis on being warm and caring towards children, can help raise happy and successful kids.
This post was last modified on February 20, 2021 12:04 am
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