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How one family fought the myth that you have to destroy childhood to raise successful adults.

What does a “successful” child look like?
If you imagined a straight-A-earning, classical-music-playing, rule-following, Ivy-bound prodigy, you’re not alone.

This is what I thought my kid should look like, too. I was determined to raise my child in this image, no matter the cost. After all, I was one of those kids. The traditional path to success sure worked for me.

I was a tiger mother.

But then life intervened in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I was faced with two choices: Impose my will no matter the trauma. Or, take a frightening, uncharted path—

—to where?

A sub-standard child, unable to succeed on the level I had?

Did letting up mean letting my child down?

Answering these questions took my family on a fascinating journey. What looked and felt like failure after failure on adult terms led to a different kind of success: mad creativity, fierce independence, and relentless self-direction.

In other words, everything an adult needs to make it in today’s world.

So what does a successful child look like?

She looks like my child. Maybe, she also looks like yours.

(Diana Holquist is the author of the parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Daughter, the children's book parody The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Harvard, as well as several romance novels, including those published as Sophie Gunn. A graduate of Columbia University and former advertising copywriter, she lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, two teenagers, and three cats.)


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