Amy Chua was born in the year of the tiger and dubs herself "a tiger mom." Her recent book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom" has gotten tongues flapping everywhere. In short, I disagree profoundly with her more extreme behavior (detailed here), but I feel I'd enjoy having her as a friend. People with passion, even passions masquerading as misguided neurotic behavior, have a special place in my heart. I was born in the year of the monkey, and thus I dub myself "The Monkey Mom." While the term "tiger mom" does have a vastly more fearsome ring to it than "monkey mom," we monkeys are not to be taken lightly. Besides, as my son's father who was born in the year of the chicken can tell you, proclaiming oneself to be "monkey mom" is less embarrassing than publicly embracing the moniker of "chicken dad."
Though I reject the idea that one's year of birth has any influence on the formation of personality, I do think the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac are fun to ponder as 12 representatives of distinct types of people. As fortune would have it, I am pleased with the characteristics of the monkey. As written here, "