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Amy Chua

The perils of parenting

The perils of parenting

Parenting styles are under scrutiny like never before, with different factions arguing the pros and cons of being a tiger mom, a helicopter dad or a free-range family — and each camp certain their method is the one to produce a better, brighter, more fulfilled child.

The tendency to excessively analyze child-rearing has been building for years, but it seemed to reach new heights after the publication of Amy Chua's 2011 book, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," — a memoir, according to the author, and a litany of scary scenarios, according to readers. Ms. Chua, a high-achieving Yale law-school professor, describes raising her two daughters...