A Tiger Mom Fights Fat

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Parenting books are all the rage these days, but they’ve taken a different turn ever since Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom, hit the shelves a year ago and struck a nerve.  These current books aren’t filled with parental angst about the fragile state of a child’s self-esteem or soft lines such as, “Honey, you’re perfect the way you are...”  Instead, the parenting is critical, harsh and results-oriented.In a recent article called “Weight Watchers” in April's Vogue magazine, Dara-L … [Read more...]

Unclean! Unclean! The Spiritual Side of ‘Extreme Domesticity’

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  When I told a friend about the passionate reaction to my post questioning the hipster homemakers who pointedly bake their own bread and grow their own food, as profiled by Emily Matchar in the Washington Post, he responded, "Of course. You've attacked their religion."Maybe he's right. I wonder if the whole thing isn't a spiritual question after all.The average homemaking mother (and statistically less frequent but still important father) has a chorus of critics in her … [Read more...]


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