Extreme Parenting Books for the Holidays: Tigers, Wolfs, Kangaroos…

The success of Amy Chua’s Tiger Mother has encouraged others to share their respective parenting experiences. Yesterday NPR highlighted the recent bestseller by Hong Kong “Wolf Dad” Xiao Baiyou who penned So, Brothers and Sisters of Peking University which details how the superstrict Chinese-American disciplinarian beat three of his children into prestigious Peking University. (See NPR Wolf Dad).

Many similar parenting books have also been published as of late and below you may find a list of some the most notable for your holiday reading or gift giving pleasure.

The Kangaroo Mother (by Bess Fruitcake, Childabuse Press 2011)

An Australian Mother recently published a book about raising her four children, 2 boys and 2 girls ages 14 to 24, by carrying them all in slings from birth until age 13. “Fortunately, I only had to carry all four at the same time for 3 years as the oldest turned 13 when the baby turned 3.” Asked why She decided to write a book now, Kangaroo Mom responded, “Well first, with my youngest now 14, this was the first time I could really use my hands to write anything in 24 years and second, people kept asking me how our three oldest were able to qualify for the Australian Olympic Gymnastics team with our baby set to go to London in 2012. And I realized I needed to share my secret…when kids have to hang onto their mom for the first 13 years of life, they develop extraordinary upper body strength. Plus, the mom can control all the food the children eat so weight is not a problem.”

Porcupine Papa (by Nick Sharp, Hurtothers Press, 2011)

Michigan dad Nick Sharp believes children need to understand from the beginning that people cannot be trusted and will always hurt you. Thus, once his kids are old enough to feed themselves, he prohibits any hugging, kissing, touching, affection, helpfulness, thoughtfulness or nicety of any kind. “People are like a, you know, porcupines. Ya get too close, you get stuck.” If any of his 6 children show any signs of the prohibited behavior, Nick takes quick action by sending the offender to an isolated room which contains only a bed, small refrigerator with water and basic snacks, and a 50 inch flat screen TV. “Them kids got to learn that if you want a relationship, the TV is it.” Nick’s wife was unavailable for comment having left Nick for a real human being sometime after the birth of their 6th child. When asked why he wrote his book, he indicated that the market for extreme parenting books has never been stronger and he needed the cash to defend his wife’s custody suit.

Badger Mom (by Inur Face, Bothersome Press, 2011)

Canadian Mom Inur Face presents her thoughts on parenting in the just published Badger Mom. Not as extreme as the previous two books, Inur nonetheless urges parents to badger kids, regardless of age, until the child relents to the parent’s wishes. Whether it’s eating a certain food, doing homework, or staying away from an undesired friend, “badger them till they can’t resist, she writes. “I didn’t have a name for it originally, but after a while a neighbor friend who came over all the time for coffee said, ‘you know what you are Inur? You’re a badger, you’re one badass badger.’” One badger moment described in the book featured her then 12 year old, daughter Notsopretty, who refused to wear long PJ’s one night when the temperature dipped below 50 degrees for the first time. Inur let Notsopretty go to sleep, at least at first. But every 5 or so minutes for the next 6 hours Inur slammed open her daughter’s bedroom door and slapped together two large cymbals from Inur’s marching band days until finally, exhausted and suffering from tinnitus, Notsopretty changed into long PJ’s.

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