Wu Minxia, Tiger Mothers and Jewish Parenting
The parents of Olympians sacrifice mightily to support their children’s success. They wake up early and drive long distances to training sessions and matches; and many times, they have to send their children away to succeed. In the end, athletic success takes precedence over the parent child bond. One example of this isWu Minxia, the exceptional Chinese diver who has won gold medals in three straight Olympics. Her father Wu Jueming described their relationship:
|U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents watch her compete in London.|
Have Wu Minxia’s parents gone too far? They have enabled their daughter to become an exceptional athlete, but at what cost?
Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz is an Orthodox rabbi in Montreal. He blogs at the Happiness Warrior and is on Twitter at @RabbiChaim.