The Debate Goes On

A Parent-Child Puzzle

By Kenneth M. Settel
Featured on New York Times

Re “Amy Chua Is a Wimp” (column, Jan. 18):

David Brooks appropriately addresses the social skills and interpersonal awareness that children learn from social play. Let’s also think about the psychological self-awareness that comes from an empathic bond between parent and child.

This is in sharp contrast to Amy Chua’s hurling invectives and intimidating comments at her daughters.

Emotional regulation and capacity to read one’s feelings are key ingredients to the development of self-esteem, the capacity to lead others, life success and, ultimately, happiness.

What greater gift can a parent give a child?