I am not a tiger mom. In fact, I sometimes think I an the opposite of a tiger mom.
Don't get me wrong. I want my children to succeed. I want them exposed to important learning experiences.
But, I don't force them to take lessons (except for TRex's swimming class, but that is to help him learn to swim cause he loves water and I don't want him to drown and we are hoping it will help him get over some of his fears).
I don't sit in front of my kids with flashcards and I didn't make them learn to read as babies.
Frankly, I get annoyed that after seven hours in school each day my 5 year old has half hour of homework every night. He's in kindergarten!
I think kids should be allowed to be kids. And I think school is important. I think homework is important. I think fostering the attitude that schoolwork is important is important (this is why I do not let TRex know I'm annoyed by his homework!)
I know there are other kids out there who are being groomed to excel in every way possible to be the uber kid so that by the time my kids are in junior high, the uber kids will make the team and beat my kids at everything. I know these uber kids will have better chances at ivy league schools and a more stable future. I saw their parents at an open house when kindergarten began. The desperation in their faces was palpable as they asked about starting a Mandarin club so the kids could learn more than Spanish. I know my kids will have tough competition.
Yet, I can't be a tiger mom.
I want childhood be to full of wonder and adventure. I want my kids' imaginations to bloom and grow. I want them to know the joy of a lazy day. Inspiration is born of a mind left to wander and experience. I don't see how regiment and 100% discipline allows the spirit to grow.
So, yes, I'm not a tiger mom.