Reading the arguments for beating your children in the Respect Your Elders thread, all I could think was: words are far stronger, cut deeper, and the impact is greater. Case in point: a book just came out called Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. You can read all about it HERE. To summarize: Chinese American parents (aka Tiger Mothers) win where Westerners fail because they are willing to deprive their children of anything enjoyable in life while simultaneously shaming their children into obedience. From the article: FOCUS: The Tiger Mother way: Love it? Hate it? Is it better than beating your child? ALT-FOCUS: How do you discipline your kids? If you have none, how do you discipline the kids you come into contact with? Or how do you plan to discipline your kids?