All parents want their children to be successful. Termed by Yale professor, Amy Chua, Tiger Moms are those who use authoritarian parenting methods to push their children to be well-rounded and successful. The Chinese entertainment industry has a few Tiger Moms of its own, who believe that early childhood education would pave an easier way for future success.
Taiwanese actress, Kelly Lin (林熙蕾), is currently 43 years old and has a seven-year-old daughter, Kaitlin Young (楊若妤), and a four-year-old daughter, Mila Young (楊晨熙). She admitted to being a Tiger Mom and is strict with her daughters. They adhere to a very strict and disciplined schedule, with set times for eating, sleeping, brushing their teeth, and other daily activities. Kelly also requires that they be in bed by 7 p.m. every night and restricts her daughters from using technological devices.
Kelly does, however, encourage her daughters to explore their own interests, such as piano, violin, badminton, ballet, or swimming, but does not force them to go to tutoring.
Married to Frankie Lam (林文龍), 48-year-old Kenix Kwok (郭可盈) retired from acting in order to be a full-time housewife and take care of the couple’s eight-year-old daughter, Tina Lam (林天若). Kenix places emphasis on education and enrolled Tina in an international elementary school early on. She also signed Tina up for nearly ten hobby courses. When Tina was three, she was enrolled in diving, drawing, singing, and English classes.
When she was four, she split her day between two prominent preschools. Kenix explained, “I won’t force my daughter to do something she doesn’t like. Having her attend two schools is not about planning for the future, but it’s just that the two schools both seemed to suit her. The principals have also expressed their belief that Tina enjoys campus life, so I’m letting her enjoy it!”
Sandra Ng (吳君如) and director Peter Chan‘s (陳可辛) daughter, Jilia Chan (陳是知), will be turning 12 years old this year. Sandra gave birth to Jilia when she was 41 years old and it was considered a high-risk pregnancy. Because she had Jilia at an older age, Sandra has always doted on daughter. Sandra places a lot of emphasis on linguistics, so she would primarily speak English to Jilia at home. Peter, who is originally from Thailand, would communicate with Jilia in Thai. When Jilia was one and a half years old, Sandra enrolled in her a playgroup that communicated in English and Mandarin, in hopes that she would pick up on the languages and be more fluent.
She spent more than $1 million HKD enrolling Jilia in various hobby classes, such as art, badminton, and chess. Sandra also places a lot of emphasis on discipline. Regardless of whether it’s a school night or weekend, Sandra requires Jilia to be up timely at 7 a.m. every morning. She also does not allow Jilia to eat junk food, snacks, or drink soda and would only let her eat organic foods.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.