Children of Laid-Back Parents: What Factors in Your Childhood Made You Successful?

The infamous Amy Chua has done a great job of explaining how some Chinese mothers use authoritarian control to make their children “successful.”

However, there are a lot of successful people like me out there who had parents who were nothing like those Chinese mothers. How the heck did we make it so far without getting pushed hard by our parents?

I’d love to hear from lots of you out there. We need very good stories to combat the impact Chua’s making. Her Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is the #4 top selling book on Amazon.com. Good grief…

So, I’ll offer my story here as the first comment. I hope this will spur many others to offer their stories as well!

By the way, before I start, I should say a word about “success.” For the purpose of this discussion, let’s stick with the mainstream definition of success that Chua uses in her book – i.e. getting a good education and having a career of generally recognized importance and/or fortune. Yes, I agree that this is an overly narrow view of success, but I want to show that we can accept Chua’s definition of success, but still do well.

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