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Controversial Tiger Mom's Daughter Speaks Out In Praise Of Her Mom's Tough Love

Wed, January 19, 2011 12:06pm EDT by 1 Comment

Courtesy of Lulu Chua-Rubenfeld, PBSDespite harsh criticisms over Amy Chua’s way of parenting, her daughter Sophia liked growing up with a Tiger Mom.

After writing an essay about the extreme parenting regime of a “Tiger mother,” Yale law professor Amy Chua was hit hard with furious criticisms and even death threats. Now her daughter Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld sets the record straight. “Having you as a mother was no tea party,” Sophia, 18, writes in a touching letter reprinted in the New York Post. “But now that I’m 18 and about to leave the tiger den, I’m glad you and Daddy raised me the way you did.” HollyMoms, read her letter and let us know if it makes you like her more.

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Dear Tiger Mom,
You’ve been criticized a lot since you published your memoir, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” One problem is that some people don’t get your humor. They think you’re serious about all this, and they assume Lulu and I are oppressed by our evil mother. That is so not true. Every other Thursday, you take off our chains and let us play math games in the basement. But for real, it’s not their fault. No outsider can know what our family is really like. They don’t hear us cracking up over each other’s jokes. They don’t see us eating our hamburgers with fried rice. They don’t know how much fun we have when the six of us — dogs included — squeeze into one bed and argue about what movies to download from Netflix.

I admit it: Having you as a mother was no tea party. There were some play dates I wish I’d gone to and some piano camps I wish I’d skipped. But now that I’m 18 and about to leave the tiger den, I’m glad you and Daddy raised me the way you did. Here’s why. Click to read the rest of Sophia’s letter

It ends with, “If I died tomorrow, I would die feeling I’ve lived my whole life at 110 percent. And for that, Tiger Mom, thank you.”

–Leigh Blickley

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