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Provocative Public Parenting: How Extreme Motherhood is the New Big Thing

By Susan Cody HERWriter Guide
 
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Most of us have heard of the recent Tiger Mother way of parenting based on strict Chinese principle of raising children, as taught to us by Amy Chua's book called "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother".

Chua describes her parenting style as typical Chinese -- all work, no play. Anything other than an A is a failure.

Piano and violin must be played to perfection. Play dates and TV are not allowed, and verbal berating for any kind of perceived slight or failure is common.

This toughens children up, raises the bar and ensures a strong and successful future for the tiger cubs. At least that's the claim.

The book is highly controversial but it's not the only one of this type out there. And the authors, who are parents, are anything but shy.

"French Kids Eat Everything," by Karen Le Billon, is another book that is a new release and causing a stir, insisting that banning snacks and enforcing a "you will eat everything you are given" policy broadens a child's palate for life and stops the problem of "picky eaters".

Picky eaters are an American travesty, the author insists, and should never be allowed to fester.

Parenting books are everywhere. New and first-time parents are usually the ones who know all about them.

"On Becoming Babywise," by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo is a guide that some say forces newborns to cry themselves to sleep and that encourages slapping small babies who don't "behave" in their highchairs. "The Panic Virus" by Seth Mnookin is about autism and vaccines.

And now another book about having a fat child is about to hit the bookstores and this too, is going to cause a stir.

Dara-Lynn Weiss has a controversial article in this month's Vogue magazine, detailing her enforcement of an extremely strict diet and lifestyle for her 7-year-old daughter who was, at least in her mother's eyes, fat. And her doctor agreed.

Weiss has now scored a book deal about her daughter's dieting journey. When her daughter, Bea, was seven, she was 52 inches tall and weighed 94 pounds.

Weiss decided a radical change was needed.

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