“I am not a Tiger Mom. I am not interested in you getting straight A’s (though, of course, that would be great), I am interested in you doing your absolute best.

“I am not a Tiger Mom. I am not interested in you getting straight A’s (though, of course, that would be great), I am interested in you doing your absolute best. Sometimes you do best and you fail, and you need to learn to be okay with that, too. You must learn to be good AT school, so it will be easier for you to be good AT college and AT work. Yes, of course, it’s pandering to a system, but everyone , regardless of status has to work within a system, unless you are becoming a hermit which let’s face it, is never going to happen. When you become overly concerned with pleasing your friends and making them happy it takes away from your focus, your job, which right now is school. The balance you learn to strike to strike right now will carry you throughout your entire life where friendships can be vital. But you cannot rely on a great friendship to buy you a house.”

Questions:

  1. In the paragraph above, what does the Mom mean when she wrote “The balance you learn to strike right now will carry you through your entire life where friendships can be vital. But, you cannot rely on a great friendship to buy you a house.”? Does the Mom mean friendship is not important? Explain your answer briefly.
  2. What does the Mom mean when she wrote “… unless you’re becoming a hermit which let’s face it, is never going to happen”? Explain your answer briefly.

Unbelievably though, I was young (and not so long ago, I might add) once, and nothing you can say will shock me. In point of fact, if I was to over share and talk about some of the things I’ve done, or still actually, on a pretty regular basis with your step dad, it is you that would be shocked. Don’t worry, I would never, because like I said , we are not friends. I promise you this, though: as long as you tell me the truth, you will never get into trouble, though I can’t promise I won’t be disappointed.

Question:

In the paragraph above, why do you think did the Mom write such details? Explain your answer briefly.

Until you have children of your own, you won’t realize the depth in which I love you. I would anything for you and it is the greatest irony of life that the person I love most, I get treated the worst by. I am your greatest cheerleader and your biggest fan. Sometimes you scream “Why do you hate me!” when I am doing my job as a mother. You don’t understand if I indeed hated you, or felt a far more heinous thing, indifference, I simply wouldn’t bother. I would you let get on with it and shrug my shoulders not say a word. When I stand my ground and open myself up to your vitriol and disregard and general railroading, that, my dear, is love.

Question:

  1. In the paragraph above, do you agree with the Mom when she wrote “When I stand my ground and open myself up to your vitriol and disregard and general railroading, that, my dear, is love”? Explain your answer briefly.
  2. Give instances that would make the Mom write “… it is the great irony of life that the person I love most, I get treated the worst by.”
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