New & Noteworthy: ‘How to Raise an Adult,’ by J. Lythcott-Haims

photo credit: Schomit Wolf

photo credit: Schomit Wolf

How to Raise and Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

By Stanford University Dean Julie Lythcott-Hain. Parents, you heard it here, this one’s a winner! In her easy to read style the author offers up anecdotes of parents touring graduate schools, serving as mouthpieces for their shy, passive children, and submitting résumés to potential employers, sometimes without their children’s knowledge. In her book Lythcott-Hain argues, “these behaviors do more than mold kids into dependent beings, they corral and constrict their possibilities and their imaginations. . . . When parents laugh and enjoy the moment but also teach the satisfaction of hard work, when they listen closely but also give their children space to become who they are, they wind up with kids who know how to work hard, solve problems and savor the moment, too. In other words, get a life, and your child just might do the same someday.” (The New York Times Book Review)

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