Am I imagining it? Or are tiger mothers multiplying rapidly? (We know they are reproducing, obviously.) My parents hardly knew the name of my school and definitely had NO IDEA WHATSOEVER what subjects I did at A-Level. No interest, I think. Far too busy doing their own thing. So how on earth has the landscape changed so drastically? I’ve got friends who will not tolerate low marks, even if their child is not gifted and not clever. In with the tutors or ship in the holiday homework and the poor little things spend their free time, noses pressed to the books. So what happens if you choose not to take the tiger mother route (3 hours piano practice, lots of pushing and tons of extra work)? Are you letting your children down? But hang on…if you glance around at your successful friends – and here i mean the traditional concept of success ie good job, big salary. They weren’t all high flyers at school. Some of them dropped out of university. Some of them took ages to find their path. What’s hard as a parent is having the nerve to let them grow up as the individuals they are. I’m trying to keep the faith and opt for benign neglect. But it’s hard not to wobble when you see what the tiger mothers are achieving with their methods.