Jewish Mother Responds to "Chinese Mothers Are Superior" Controversy

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"I was very surprised," she told the Chronicle's Jeff Yang. "They didn't even hint that the book is about a journey, and that the person at beginning of the book is different from the person at the end -- that I get my comeuppance and retreat from this very strict Chinese parenting model."

"I'm not going to retract my statements about Chinese parenting. But I'd also note that I'm aware now of the limitations of that model -- that it doesn't incorporate enough choice.

"I now believe there's a hybrid way of parenting that combines the two paradigms, but it took me making a lot of mistakes along the way to get there," said Chua, who was unavailable for an interview with ABC News.

Waldman's point of view on parenting, it turns out, is actually somewhat similar to where Chua landed after her parenting journey.

"Sometimes when I try to use a stern attitude – 'I'm your mother and you will do what I say' – it doesn't work as much. Sometimes I provide as much emotional support as I can – and sometimes that works.

"I sort of throw everything that I can at the problem, and hope that something will work out," Waldman told ABC News.

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