TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lately, national media has been abuzz over Amy Chua's proudly politically incorrect book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother - her story of parenting her children in the style she was raised, "the Chinese way." In it, she lambastes American parents for allowing their children to waste too much time on recreation and socializing. Although Vonda White - a mother of three - completely agrees with Chua's objectives, their parenting styles could not be more opposite.
White, author of the widely popular new book "Success Against The Odds," also has exceptionally high expectations for her children. However, speaking as a self-made entrepreneur and success coach, Ms. White says Chua's use of humiliation and condescension as motivators has not only proven to be ineffective, but also is a recipe for fostering poor self-esteem and a host of emotional problems down the road.
What the author has found in her 20-plus years of business management is that the true driver of everyone's actions is passion. The more passionate a person is about what they are trying to accomplish the greater their achievements. In her professional opinion, limiting a child's recreation and socialization establishes barriers preventing that child from finding what he or she is really passionate about. She has also found that placing a higher priority on an individual's personal best delivers a far better result compared to focusing on beating the competition as prescribed by Chua.
Ms. White sits down with her children individually and identifies what it is they want to accomplish, then lays out a plan with the steps necessary to achieve that goal. Methodically, she works with each of her children to complete each step. What Chua calls "slathering praise on their kids for the lowest of tasks," White calls positive reinforcement for achieving one of the many steps toward achieving their goal.
Vonda White is a self-made millionaire and author of the popular new motivational book: "Success Against The Odds." She started life in very humble beginnings and lifted herself to a life anyone can envy. Vonda wrote her book to help others do the same. It shows that regardless of your current situation, you have the power to change your life. In her book, Ms. White offers practical advice and an easy to follow, step-by-step plan to guide anyone willing to put forth the effort to getting the results they're looking for.
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Jan Luongo, APR, CPRC
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