The Tiger Mom continues to roar.
Amy Chua, who chronicled her controversial, super-strict parenting philosophy in “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” is returning to TODAY on Tuesday to respond to questions. Got any questions for a mom who rejects hand-made birthday cards from her kids, threatens to burn stuffed animals and calls her daughters “pathetic” and “garbage” in an effort to motivate them? Read an excerpt of the Tiger Mom’s book here, and submit your questions here.
Ever since Chua hit the scene with her self-proclaimed “Chinese mother” methods of parenting, she’s been a topic of hot debate. A roundup of reactions:
Chua’s own daughter, “tiger cub” Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, was inspired to write in her mother’s defense.
“Bad Mother” author Ayelet Waldman sang the praises of the “guilty, ambivalent, preoccupied Western mom.”
A New York Times columnist declared, “Amy Chua is a wimp.”
Time magazine featured the Tiger Mother on their cover this week.
She’s become an Internet meme, according to Buzzfeed.
And we’ve got some goodquestions for Amy Chua from TODAYshow.com readers:
Doug Hess asks: Do you feel that in focusing so much on raising disciplined, educated children that you have sacrificed their happiness and social well-being? What price is too high?
Dawn Regep writes: You say "If a child ever disagrees with a teacher or coach you must always take the side of the teacher or coach." What if you child came home and said a teacher or coach was touching him/her inappropriately; would you still only believe that teacher/coach?
Cindy Mann asks: “What is your take on the school in Memphis with 90 pregnancies?”
Should be interesting to hear her answers! Submit your questions here, and check back for the TODAY video on Tuesday.