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A provocative manifesto that exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and sets forth an alternate philosophy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood

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 overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • This is the stuff of the best parenting advice…A worthwhile read for every parent…Our children are engaged in the serious work of becoming an adult. With this book, Lythcott-Haims provides the missing user manual.

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Lythcott-Haims presents a convincing vision of overprotected, overparented, overscheduled kids…After presenting the problem in detail (through interviews with college admissions officers, educators, parents, and others), she offers a number of viable solutions…This vigorous text will give parents the backup needed to make essential changes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In her easy-to-read prose…the author does a superb job of laying out the facts…Her advice is sound and obviously much needed…if parents want to raise productive adults.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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