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Learn “How to Raise an Adult” with Julie Lythcott-Haims

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All are welcome to join us for an evening with Julie Lythcott-Haims. She will discuss the harms of helicopter parenting and set forth an alternate philosophy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood.

In her book How to Raise an Adult, Lythcott-Haims draws on research, as well as conversations with admissions officers, educators and employers and her own insights as a mother and a dean of students 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 to 20-somethings—and of special value to parents of teens—this 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.

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. The book emerged from her decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her forceful advocacy for young adults and received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating “the” atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience. She was also known for her fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. Toward the end of her tenure as dean, she began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. How to Raise an Adult is published in over two dozen countries, and gave rise to one of the top TED Talks of 2016 and of which a sequel which will be out in 2018. In the meantime, her memoir on race, Real American, will be out in Fall 2017. Julie is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Law School and California College of the Arts. She lives in Silicon Valley with her partner of over twenty five years, their two teenagers and her mother.

The Francine C. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture Series honors the memory of one of Parker’s most dedicated and effective volunteers, Francine C. Rosenberg. In Francine’s memory, the Lecture Series is dedicated to exposing Parker and the extended community to innovative views, philosophies and teachings relevant to the education of our children and how we live our lives.

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