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Why Anybody Who Writes To Gwyneth Paltrow For Advice Gets Exactly What They Deserve

I’m having a hard time balancing my career with being a mother. I wonder whom I should look to for guidance. Oh! I know — Gwyneth Paltrow. After all, she and I have a ton in common: she’s an Oscar winning actress who is married to a rockstar, and I’m a delusional asshole! She probably […]

Backlash To Wussification Of The US Parent?

I really didn’t want to spend more time on the ‘Chinese Mother’ issue, but because it brought up some interesting issues in the comments on Monday I thought it warranted some more thought here. Mostly, I think that Amy Chua, the author of both the book and the article in the Wall Street Journal on […]

Confucius Say Calling Your Children “Garbage” Not Ever A Good Idea, Even If It Forces Them To Play Cello Like Yo Yo Ma

Here’s an ‘interesting’ article: “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” The author, Amy Chua, is a Yale Law Professor, and has a book coming out this week on the topic of “Chinese” mothers and how they are superior to their Western counterparts, who are just weak namby pambys. People who aren’t, strictly speaking, “Chinese” include: American-born […]