Unlike most critics of Tiger Mother Amy Chua, I expect her kids to turn out fine.  Why?  Because their genes come from two Yale professors, and contrary to Tiger Mother and her critics alike, upbringing has little long-run effect.  I was amused to learn, then, that Tiger Daughter #1 is not just a very impressive 18-year-old, but appears eager to defend her mom from criticism.  Sophia Chua speaking:

No outsider can know what our family is really like. They don’t hear
us cracking up over each other’s jokes. They don’t see us eating our
hamburgers with fried rice. They don’t know how much fun we have when
the six of us — dogs included — squeeze into one bed and argue about
what movies to download from Netflix.

I admit it: Having you as a
mother was no tea party. There were some play dates I wish I’d gone to
and some piano camps I wish I’d skipped. But now that I’m 18 and about
to leave the tiger den, I’m glad you and Daddy raised me the way you

Still, there are already clear signs of fade-out:

I pretty much do my own thing these days — like building greenhouses
downtown, blasting Daft Punk in the car with Lulu and forcing my
boyfriend to watch “Lord of the Rings” with me over and over — as long
as I get my piano done first.

Tiger Mom is lucky that filial piety, like almost every other trait, has a genetic component.  Yes, upbringing has an atypically large effect on how your kids feel about you.  But as long as you revere your parents, your kids will tend to see you through rose-colored glasses.  Hey, who said life was fair?

HT: Jeff Horn