In an extreme version of Tiger Mother tactics, a Chinese mother lied to her daughter for more than a decade to encourage her independence and cultivate success.
A woman named Mrs Shen believed her daughter Cheng Cheng had become spoiled and arrogant and told her she not her real mother and that she was just paying for Cheng Cheng's education. After that she was on her own.
Mrs Shen told her daughter that her real mother had died.
The South China Morning Post reports that after battling confusion and disbelief over the news, Cheng Cheng buckled down to study, chose to attend boarding school and passed university exams with high marks.
She eventually earned a spot at a software company in Shanghai, an achievement her mother counts as success.
It was then she chose to reveal the truth - that she was in fact Cheng Cheng's mother and the decade-long lie had been a ruse to get her to study.
The Post quoted Mrs Shen as saying she was proud of her daughter's achievements and that she would not have reached such heights without her dramatic intervention.
“My daughter is beautiful, she has a successful career making over 6,000 yuan every month and she’s now married to a good husband,” Mrs Shen said.
“There may be some people who do not agree with my methods, but if I had [told her the truth], she would have just been satisfied in her existing environment and wouldn’t have the motivation and prospects that she has now.”
But the Post also quotes experts who say Cheng Cheng's lack of maternal love, trust and nurturing could damage the daughter and their relationship irreparably.
The South China Morning Post says the Shen family's experience is the latest in a series of media reports highlighting severe parenting measures in a highly competitive culture.
The term tiger mother entered popular culture in 2011. Chinese-American Amy Chua's confessional book detailed her no-nonsense Chinese-inspired parenting philosophy.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother scandalised Western sensibilities but nevertheless shot to the top of sales charts.