For veteran actress Chen Xiuhuan, it was a change from her usual ‘tiger-mum’ approach.
As her daughter Shalynn Tsai, 22, has grown up, Xiuhuan has learnt to loosen the reins to rekindle their relationship.
“When I wanted to re-establish the close relationship we had, I realised she didn’t seem to need me anymore,” the 56-year-old said on the latest episode of the new Mediacorp series A Night Under The Stars.
“But then my husband reminded me that it’s not that she’s rebellious, but she has grown up. He said I need to learn to let go as they’ll stop relying on me eventually.”
Shalynn recounted: “She was a true tiger mum when I was a kid. She was very strict. We had to go home straight after school, we’d have some food in the car.
“Once we reached home, we’d take a shower and practise our violin immediately. We’d have dinner after practice, then do our homework after, and go to bed at 9pm. So, we led a highly disciplined lifestyle.”
However, Xiuhuan explained that she was strict because she cared about them deeply. “You need a degree in Singapore, academic qualifications are important,” she said.
A Night Under The Stars sees actor Darren Lim and one of his four children embarking on a two-day-one-night adventure with another parent-child celebrity duo in each episode.