Amy Chua's piece on "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior," which outlines her own hyper-strict parenting practices, has been causing a stir on the web. This morning on the Today Show, Chua softened her message a bit.
Chua's Wall Street Journal essay — an excerpt from her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother — drew fire for statements like "the solution to substandard performance is always to excoriate, punish and shame the child." But in conversation with Meredith Vieira, Chua was a little more measured. She said her book chronicles her parenting mistakes as well as successes, and that in fact it's about "my own transformation as a mother." She added, "I think there are many good ways to be a good parent."