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Cat Dad vs Tiger Mom – The Battle of the Parenting Styles

Cat Dad vs Tiger Mom – The Battle of the Parenting Styles

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For those of us follow the ongoing battles between the different parenting styles, the Tiger Mom has certainly come to prominence in the last few years. You know the type – the mom who pushes her kids to excel in all they do regardless of the cost on either parent or kid. Many of us were introduced to Tiger Moms in Amy Chau’s book The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom. But now a new parent type has appeared on the horizon to balance the power of the Tiger Mom. He is called Cat Dad and he is growing in popularity in China, and will probably take hold here soon.

Cat Dad Purrs With Sensitivity

It should come as no surprise that Cat Dad is a figure who brings some balance in the family dominated by a Tiger Mother. He is the yang to her yin, the black to her white, and many are interested in seeing if Cat Dad can live in harmony with a Tiger Mom. The micro blogging site Sina Weibo has been talking up Cat Dad, especially since the launch of the hit television show Tiger Mom Cat Dad began. The chilled out and relaxed approach of a Cat Dad butts up against the fierce Tiger Mom in the show. I am betting it will in real life as well. But the quiet sensitive caring personality of a Cat Dad, who believes children learn self-sufficiency by fewer rules instead of more, is becoming more accepted.

China’s Cat Dad vs Tiger Mom Battles

In China a very famous Cat Dad is Chang Zhitao, who actually challenged Amy Chao regarding parenting styles after her publication. The two parents had daughters around the same age and surprisingly both daughters in the end were accepted by the prestigious Harvard University. So it appears that for the moment the Cat Dad approach is every bit as valid as the Tiger Mom when it comes to end results. But many Chinese women feel that Cat Dad is too soft, not a real man. They look to Wolf Man, a male version of Tiger Mom as the natural companion for a striving and ambitious mother. Could it be that Cat Man will be left in the dust by this new upstart or will Cat Man’s gentle nature prove his point? I suppose only time will tell.

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