How economic inequality gives rise to hyper-parenting

Tiger Mum hyper-parenting prevails in countries with higher income inequality, as parents drive their children to achieve to narrow the gap.

These days, residents of different countries often drink the same coffee, buy clothes from the same retailers and use the same social media apps. Globalisation has erased many traditional differences around the world. But when it comes to parenting, habits still vary from country to country to a startling degree.

In many American circles, "helicopter parents" monitor their children's every move, and outliers who let their kids walk home from the playground on their own risk rebuke by local police. Meanwhile, in Switzerland, even kindergarteners walk to school without adult supervision.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2019, with the headline 'How economic inequality gives rise to hyper-parenting'. Print Edition | Subscribe