Education Redesigned for Forward-Thinking Families

When Iris Chen saw her own childhood experiences with Tiger parenting repeating with her own children, she knew she needed a complete mental and emotional shift.

Tiger parenting refers to an approach to parenting that is common in immigrant Asian families, specifically Chinese families. It involves very strict and controlled parenting, with high academic expectations.

The term was originally started by Yale Law School professor Amy Chua in her 2011 memoir ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’.

Iris experienced tiger-parenting in her own childhood and realized that she was still dealing with the trauma from it, and inevitably projecting that onto her own children. Iris shares:

“I learned how to respect my children, how to share power with them, and treat them with dignity. All of that spilled over into how I saw myself in empowering them in their education, which follows all these peaceful parenting principles of autonomy, consent, and respect. So I felt like unschooling was definitely just a natural result of practicing peaceful parenting with my children.”

This episode explores more of Iris’s thoughts on the Un-tigering movement, education, parenting, and unschooling. Happy listening and happy learning!

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