Tiger Mom, Brave Mom, or Desperate Mom?

Any woman who willingly delivers her baby in a harsh and dilapidated hospital in Djibouti is a brave mom. That was Rachel Pieh Jones’s experience on the fourth anniversary of 9/11 when she delivered her daughter. Rachel wrote about her incredible story for The New York Times earlier this year (“A Child of Two Worlds”).

But Rachel will be the first to tell you she is not brave to raise her three kids in Africa. She’s no tiger mom, or brave mom, but a “desperate, breathless, dependent” mom.

While Rachel was stateside, we asked her about parenting in Africa, and she explained why “brave” is not the right word for what she does (3-minute clip):

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Tony Reinke is a staff writer for Desiring God and the author of three books: Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011), Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015), and The Joy Project: A True Story of Inescapable Happiness (2015). He hosts the popular Ask Pastor John podcast, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children. He also blogs at tonyreinke.com.