Definition of tiger mother in English:

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tiger mother


chiefly US
A strict or demanding mother who pushes her children to high levels of achievement, using methods regarded as typical of childrearing in China and other parts of East Asia: because of the number of classes her daughter attends, Lee says some people will think she’s a tiger mother
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  • Being raised by a tiger mother to me means as a child, I wasn't given the freedom to make my own decisions.
  • Do these children lose out in other ways, or are the Tiger Mothers right in simply expecting more?
  • Tiger mothers and fathers may consider it tantamount to child abuse if they do not send their precious cubs for tuition.


Coined by Amy Chua in the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (2011).

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