S6E132: Untigering, Unschooling & Deconstructing Success with Iris Chen


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Untigering, Unschooling & Deconstructing Success

Iris Chen is an author, unschooling mom, deconstructing tiger parent, and founder of the Untigering movement. She joins me on this episode to talk about their unschooling journey, Tiger Moms, Untigering, and Deconstructing Success and Expectations.

We Explored...

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it." Maya Angelou

Iris describes herself as a deconstructing, recovering Tiger Parent. The process of Untigering and Deschooling has been a gradual change. In this episode we explored:

  • The definition of a Tiger Mom
  • Achievement, Expectations, Trauma and Tiger Parenting
  • Why she is Untigering
  • Unschooling and deschooling
  • Children of Immigrant Parents- Finding compassion, empathy, truth and seeking to do better
  • Fear and Scarcity Mindset in Parenting
  • Success and Decolonizing our ideas of success
  • How we can sit back a little, observe, support, encourage and allow our kids to figure things out for themselves
  • Unschooling and Boundaries
  • Burnout and Deschooling
  • The importance of community

Resources and Community

Iris offers wonderful resources and community support for parents that are on the journey of deschooling, deconstructing and decolonizing. Check out:

Untigering Book

Untigering Website


Facebook Group



Mentioned in the episode- Battle Hymn of The Tiger Mom

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