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

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Helicopter parents and tiger moms, step back! As Stanford University's Dean of Freshmen for 10 years, Lythcott-Haims observed a decided lack of independence and ambivalent sense of self-confidence in the incoming students. Bright overachievers with parents micromanaging their lives were stressed out by having to get by on their own, and parents left back at home couldn't break their bad habits of meddling. Starting as toddlers, youngsters need to be given a chance to make mistakes and learn to be resourceful in order to adopt the logical thinking for making decisions and the necessary grit to bounce back after less-than-desired outcomes. What works, as well as a plan for what is age-appropriate, in developing life skills.

How to Raise an Adult