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Revenge of the Tiger Babies


The strict parenting style described in the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua comes under fire in writer Kim Wong Keltner’s first work of non-fiction. She refers to herself as a Tiger Baby who, though raised by a Tiger Mother, rejects the notion that kids should be constantly scrutinized and pushed to excel, to make their elders look good. Instead, she’s opted to raise her daughter with “plenty of hugs, praise, and…play dates.”

Dr. Dan Gottlieb talks to Keltner about her childhood, motherhood, and Tiger Baby wisdom. We’ll also hear from Dr. Keith Crnic, an expert in parent-child relationships.

Kim Wong Keltner is the author of Tiger Babies Strike Back: How I Was Raised by a Tiger Mom But Could Not Be Turned to the Dark Side.

Keith Crnic, Ph.D., is a child clinical psychologist and Foundation Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University.


Recommended reading:

  • Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel Siegal and Mary Hartzell
  • The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegal
  • Developing Caring Relationships by Dana Mcdermott
  • Parent Child Relationships Throughout Life by Karl Pillemer, Kathleen McCartney
  • Good Parents Bad Parenting by Lisa Dunning
  • Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
  • Handbook of Parenting : Styles, Stresses and Strategies by Pacey H. Krause, Tahlia M. Dailey
  • The Guide to Honest Parenting by Daniel Craven
  • No Sweat Parenting by Renee Mill

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