Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Pussy Cat Mom

There's been a lot written lately about the Tiger Mom.    It's been very handy.  Whenever Darling Daughter   needs to put forth a little more effort on something,  I can say "I'm being a Tiger Mom" to make my point.  She's read the articles, so she knows what I mean.  And she's got very accomplished friends who are the products of tiger moms so she knows what can result.

But the reality is, I'm no Tiger Mom.    This has become evident to me as my DD puts together her course work plan for her Junior year.  Her wish list line up is:  AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP Biology 2, and 3 classes at the university, Spanish, Social Studies and English.  Plus she wants to fit in Wind Ensemble and Zero Hour Jazz as electives.    It makes my head spin just to think about it.

So what would a Tiger Mom do?  Probably not what I do, which is try to convince her to sign up for Pre-Calculus and regular Physics and to take English in High School rather than college.   Why make the course load harder than it needs to be?  Why put the grade point at risk?  What will it really matter?  Either way it's an impressive workload.   Am I doubting her or just being sensible?

I'm just a Pussy Cat Mom.

2 comments:

  1. Jack, just think about all of that college credit she might be getting. I think that is how Elizabeth finished in 3 1/2 years. Plus it will keep her out of trouble. Let her do what she wants to do. She will have to when she gets into college. That's what I would do. Good luck!!

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  2. I'm with you Jackie. Too much potential for burn out!
    Rob

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