BEYOND THE TIGER MOM

Herworld (Malaysia) - - HER LIFE - Amanda Soh, spe­cial projects writer

About the au­thor

Born and raised as a Chennai girl in In­dia, Maya Thi­a­gara­jan had the best of both Western and Asian cul­ture wo­ven into her fam­ily life – be­ing raised by her South In­dian fa­ther and Amer­i­can mother. Maya has also ex­pe­ri­enced her fair share of strug­gles and achieve­ments through her teenage years in In­dia, be­fore leav­ing to fur­ther her stud­ies. She worked and started a fam­ily in the United States in a span of 15 years, but miss­ing the Asian life­style, moved her fam­ily to Sin­ga­pore back in 2010.

About the book

Maya Thi­a­gara­jan shares her re­flec­tions, jour­ney, and prac­ti­cal ad­vice on par­ent­ing – giv­ing you fresh per­spec­tives of Western and Asian cul­ture. As a Har­vard grad­u­ate in ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy, she does not fail to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional re­search to back up her find­ings and un­der­stand­ing of par­ent­ing. As the ti­tle sug­gests, there is much more to par­ent­ing than the ‘tiger mum’ style, which Asians tend to lean to­wards. Maya of­fers hon­est in­sights to par­ent­ing styles, based on her own ex­pe­ri­ence and that of par­ents she has in­ter­viewed. She takes on the fun­da­men­tals of the Asian mind­set of be­ing good at math and read­ing, at­tend­ing tu­ition, be­ing ad­mon­ished for fail­ing pa­pers, and many more. Af­ter in­tro­duc­ing every topic, Maya makes sure to pro­vide rel­e­vant and prac­ti­cal tips for par­ents to try out, along with more sources for in­for­ma­tion. Every par­ent wants to raise their child to achieve his or her max­i­mum po­ten­tial in this world, and this book can serve as a guide. –

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