We’ve read a lot about Tiger Moms and their beliefs about pushing their children to achieving their full potential by making them go through rigorous training, to the point of verbally abusing them. This method of raising children is mostly seen among Asian (Chinese) parents, who believe that the end justifies the means.
But have you heard of the antithesis of a Tiger Mom?
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto is an American author and faculty member of the Goddard College in Vermont, USA. Ten years ago, she responded to a promising career opportunity and went on a 6-month training to Japan. When she finished, she decided to leave her children, then aged 3 and 5, and her husband of 20 years, behind, because she realized she didn’t want to be a full-time mother anymore.
Another mom, Talyaa Liera, felt that “by being so nurturing, I was in some ways keeping my children from growing to their potential,” thus she, too, left her children. She has been doing long-distance parenting some 3,000 miles away through Skype and other electronic means a few times a week for two years now.
Why do some women choose to be the non-custodial parent, and does this work for them? Read more about this story at shine.yahoo.com.