Tiger Mother meets Mama Grizzly at WHCD after-party

Laura Donovan Contributor
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“Tiger Mother” Amy Chua bumped into “Mama Grizzly” Sarah Palin at Saturday’s Vanity Fair/Bloomberg White House Correspondents’ Dinner after-party.

“Sarah Palin @SarahPalinUSA dropped by Vanity Fair party and we talked about tiger and grizzly momming..she was really nice!” Chua tweeted on Sunday.

Chua, author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” told The Daily Caller that she chatted with Palin about the struggles of parenting.

“We didn’t talk about anything political, but basically ran smack into each other and both said ‘Tiger Mom!’ ‘Grizzly Mom’ and laughed,” Chua told TheDC. “Then we exchanged some supportive words about the tough job of parenting.”

Chua said it’s interesting to discuss parenting with famous folks who are not often thought of as mothers and fathers.

“I’ve found that when you actually meet people in person, you can have really thoughtful, interesting conversations about parenting, even if your views differ,” Chua told TheDC. “[My husband] Jed and I, for example, exchanged some fun stories with Steve Buscemi and Don Cheadle, whom I’ve always thought of as movie stars, not parents!”

The Yale law professor, who landed a spot on Time magazine’s top 100 influential people of 2011 list, also discussed parenting with “The Fighter” actor Mark Wahlberg at Time’s April gala.

Referencing her daughter Sophia’s blog entry on the Time party and meeting A-list celebrities, Chua tweeted on Thursday, “Mark n I talked bout.. parenting!”

Chua’s memoir, which was released earlier this year, was at first poorly received by the media. The book follows Chua’s strict child-rearing techniques and seemingly arbitrary rules for her two daughters, some of which include being forbidden from participating in school plays, getting anything less than an “A,” having sleepovers, and going on playdates.

In an earlier interview with TheDC, Chua explained that the book was meant to be funny and self-deprecating rather than a parenting guide, adding that most people would change their negative view of her if they were to visit her website and Facebook page, both of which explain that she penned her memoir upon having constant arguments and a memorable explosive fight with one of her girls.