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by Julie Lythcott-Haims

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As a high school counselor I enjoyed the book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims. I thought it was well-written and insightful. I recommend the book to not only parents but to those who work with children and parents as well. ( )
  shellyup47 | Apr 23, 2017 |
This was so very good. I need to read it again in a couple of years. ( )
  barefootcowgirl | Jul 29, 2016 |
We want our kids to have challenging, rigorous, growing opportunities but we don't want them to get their feelings hurt in the process. We wrap them in bubble wrap, schedule their lives, hover over them for fear they might get a hang-nail in a world that is now MUCH SAFER than the one we grew up in yet still had alone play time, and when they turn out to be incapable of dealing with the hard knocks of life, we try to "fix" that also. We're raising a generation of soft, wimpy, infantilized adults who will not have the mechanisms for dealing with the increasing problems in our world. Luckily, some people do recognize that cocooning our children is not always the best answer--which is what makes Lythcott-Haims's book a must-read for parents, teachers, any adult who is around kids. ( )
  Ellesee | Sep 7, 2015 |
This is a book that every American parent and educator should read! When I first heard about this book, I wanted to listen to it in audio (not available at this time), so I purchased what I thought was the right book from Audible. Instead, I got the book How to Raise Your Adult Children which deals with issues of parenting after your children have become adults. How to handle issues with your 40 year old child who still lives at home. Ironically, the fact that a book even exists that gives advice on how to 'parent' adult children is part of the problem that Julie Lythcott-Haims is trying to address. The Baby Boomers have hovered and nurtured our children so closely that they don't never become independent and really never are fully functioning adults. The whole phenomena of helicopter parents and tiger moms is part of this trend to carefully watch
and protect our children to the extent that they can't make a decision or act without us.

Excellent book! ( )
  jmoncton | Sep 5, 2015 |
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This is a book that I will be recommending often. I don't think I realized quite what a common thing overparenting was and to the extent that it was happening. I both agreed heartily with what I read and recognized myself in it's pages as well, unfortunately. I appreciated the very practical steps in part 3 and will be referencing it often as my children grow. ( )
  amysan | Jul 9, 2015 |
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"In How to Raise an Adult, Lythcott-Haims draws on research, conversations with educators and employers, and her own insights as a mother and student dean to highlight the ways in which over-parenting harms children and their stressed-out parents. She identifies types of helicopter parents and, while empathizing with parents' universal worries, 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, 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"--… (more)

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