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"At the time, I chafed at such rigid structures... Yet, looking back, I realise how this sort of parenting helped me become the person I am today. The supervision, discipline and structure helped give me a form of security in my life." By conventional standards, my mother would be labelled a strict parent. Some might even call her a "tiger mother", a term that refers to parents who are demanding and push their children to attain success. The term became popular in describing Asian mothers' strict parenting techniques, after author Amy Chua published her autobiography Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother in 2011. My mother was always concerned with my grades. Before any Chinese exam, she would spend hours going over all the vocabulary words with me, emphasising that I could not get a single stroke of the characters wrong. She did all this, even though she barely spoke Mandarin and also struggled with the language in school. At the time, I chafed at such rigid structures... She gave it everything.
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