Amy Chua, 48, started a firestorm when she published her memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. When an entire nation reacts so strongly to something, you know you have hit a nerve. And Amy did. She hit us where it hurts, questioning our parenting, our kids' educational achievement and our nation's ability to compete globally in today's world.
Unlike the excerpt that appeared in the Wall Street Journal, titled (not by her) "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior," Amy's book is a nuanced story of how her parenting had to evolve to take into account the differences between her children. Parenting is hard and humbling for all of us. If there were a right way to raise your kids, everyone would do it. Clearly that's not the case. In China, this book is being marketed as a tale about the importance of giving children more Western freedom.
Few have the guts to parent in public. Amy's memoir is brutally honest, and her willingness to share her struggles is a gift. Whether or not you agree with her priorities and approach, she should be applauded for raising these issues with a thoughtful, humorous and authentic voice.
And by the way, I've met her daughters. They are both phenomenal.
Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook