This fall my son will be heading off to college. This is so bittersweet. I am so happy that he is about to experience some of the best years of his life but I am devastated that he is leaving the nest. I recently listened to a interview with Julie Lythcott-Haims talk about her book How To Raise An Adult: Break Free of the Over-parenting Trap and Prepare your Kid for Success. Here is the synopsis of this must read book for parents:
In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which over-parenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to over-helping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.
Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings-and of special value to parents of teens-this book is a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.
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