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Asian-American Author Writes About Raising High-Achieving Children
Without Being a Tiger Mom

Santa Cruz, CA, May 28, 2011 – You don’t need to be a Tiger Mom to take control of your kids’ education and get them into Stanford. In “Our Entitled Children: An American Tiger Mom’s Story,” (ISBN: 9780983440246) education guru Susan Tatsui-D’Arcy reveals a more practical approach to raising the kind of children that Ivy Leagues covet.

Everyone wants to raise successful, high-achieving children, but for many parents today, America’s predominant style of coddling, helicopter-style parenting seems like a recipe for just the opposite. As a third-generation Japanese-American, Susan scrutinizes the American instinct to entitle one’s child to a life of as little hardship and failure as possible. She offers a provocative analysis of where our parenting culture has gone wrong, as well as a wealth of insight on how we can fix it.

As an American Tiger Mom, Susan departs from the traditional Tiger Mom approach in many ways. She encourages her kids to socialize and to adopt personal interests, hobbies, and causes, in order to build self-confidence and promote empowerment. Rather than force her daughters to play the violin for hours on end, she embarks on a journey to start a top-notch private school – Merit Academy – just for them.

Susan’s story details her quest to provide her daughters with a world-class education. She explains how she was able to give them one-on-one class sizes, pair them with passionate teachers, expose them to amazing leaders of science and industry, encourage them to make a difference by doing Projects, and more – without paying for any of it herself.

Always affable yet frank, Susan seeks to help America’s beleaguered parents by giving them a thorough account of her attempts to raise her daughters the right way. Through it all, she looks back and wonders if she has ultimately been successful, or if her girls, as highly accomplished as they both are, have turned out to be entitled despite – or perhaps because of – her best efforts. More than just a tale of old-fashioned American ingenuity and entrepreneurship, “Our Entitled Children: An American Tiger Mom’s Story” paints a remarkable portrait of the modern American family, and is an invaluable resource that any parent can take something away from.

The 138-page print version of “Our Entitled Children: An American Tiger Mom’s Story” (ISBN: 9780983440246) is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers for $19.95.  The eBook version (ISBN: 9780983440239) is available on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes for $12.95.


The harsh but effective methods of the Tiger Mom have been dominating our national conversation on parenthood. However, with the release of Our Entitled Children: An American Tiger Mom’s Story, moms who would prefer a more balanced & sensible approach to raising high-achieving kids now have their chance to roar back.

Susan Tatsui-D’Arcy’s latest book tells the story of an average mom’s journey to provide her daughters with a stellar head start in life. Her disenchantment with the state of education today led her to take a very hands-on approach, even going so far as to start an academically accelerated private school just for them. At no cost to herself, she was able to give them every young intellectual’s dream – a curriculum of original, innovative classes taught one-on-one by passionate teachers.

Like the Tiger Mom, Susan got results – Nicole is a medical student at Stanford University, & Jaclyn just landed a high-paying corporate job straight out of Claremont McKenna College. But as an American Tiger Mom, rather than berating and prodding her daughters to conform to her vision of their futures, she reserved her ferocious energy for her efforts to provide them with opportunities to explore & excel on their own terms. Whether it was getting them a $35,000 grant to study hydrogen fuel cell technology, or converting the garage into a studio to support their passion for dance, Susan’s book chronicles her tireless efforts to enrich their lives and help them grow into successful individuals. She hopes her book can help other moms do the same.


Susan Tatsui-D’Arcy, M.A. is the founder and director of Merit Academy, one of the top private schools in the country, as well as the college advisor and time management consultant for Merit Educational Consultants, LLC.

She has worked in the education field for more than 30 years, and has written books such as Beat the College Admissions Game: Do a Project! & The 21st Century Mother’s Guide to Managing Time and Taking Control of Your Life!

Her books on education, college admissions, time management, and parenting are all available at Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University, and a California Teaching Credential. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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Our Entitled Children: An American Tiger Mom's Story
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ISBN: 978-0-9834-4024-6

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If you're a reviewer or reporter interested in arranging an interiew, please contact Susan through Merit Educational Consultants:

Susan Tatsui-D'Arcy
Merit Educational Consultants, LLC
P. O. Box 2988
Santa Cruz, CA 95063