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Getting Under My Skin: When "Tiger Mother" Meets "Race to Nowhere"

Frustrated kids and conflicting messages about education are leaving parents more confused than ever about how to handle our "achievement culture".


My 15-year-old daughter stopped talking to me last week. During a long car ride I suggested quizzing her on literature vocab words for her upcoming mid-terms, knowing that concentrated study time at home needs to go to her four AP classes. She reluctantly pulled out the flash cards she made for the test, and I asked her, “What is ‘arduous’?” “Um, is it like when, sort of, you…uggh…I don’t know.”

I lost it. “‘Arduous’—you take all these hard classes and you don’t know ‘arduous’? Are you kidding me?” Then it got worse, and as usual, I ended with, “I’m blocking your Facebook.”

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Leaving Your Kids to Play in a Vacant Lot Is Good Parenting?

The benefits of a feral, rough edge on urban childhood, particularly with the growing chatter around the rise of "Chinese parenting" and "tiger moms."

When is a vacant lot a vast wilderness? When you're not quite tall enough to ride the roller coasters, your imagination is bigger than the latest Xbox offering, and your parents aren't the smothering types.

Our friends at Shareable have a nice little essay by Corbyn Hightower extolling the virtues of letting her little ones romp in a run-down parcel of land just down the street—gasp—without supervision.

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