New York Times Bestseller"Julie Lythcott-Haims is a national treasure. 04/06/2015Former Stanford University dean Lythcott-Haims presents a convincing vision of overprotected, overparented, overscheduled kids in this report on the current state of childhood and parenting in middle- and upper-class families. PINK, author of the New York Times bestsellers Drive and A Whole New Mind“I've loved this book from the moment I saw the title. 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. For parents who want to foster hearty self-reliance instead of hollow self-esteem, How to Raise an Adult is the right book at the right time.” DANIEL H.After presenting the problem in detail (through interviews with college admissions officers, educators, parents, and others), she offers a number of viable solutions, encouraging parents to nurture kids’ unique gifts rather than mold them like “little bonsai trees” and to help them develop life skills (e.g., doing chores, critical thinking, public speaking). Lythcott-Haims, who brings some authority to the subject as Stanford’s former dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising, has seen varieties of extreme parental interference suggesting not just a lack of common sense, but a lack of wisdom and healthy boundaries . Never preachy, and oh-so-relatable Lythcott-Haims is spot-on with her approach to parenting, over-parenting, and preparing your children for the adult world.” Speaking of Apraxia“How to Raise an Adult is a total no brainer to read if you have a kid in college, about to go to college, has ever gone to college, or will ever go to college. makes compelling arguments for why we need to break our current habits. She is a psychologist, sociologist, and anthropologist rolled into one, recording the attitudes and rituals of 21st-century smart kids who can't tie their shoelaces--and of their anxious, hovering parents.She also claims that lower-income kids are more likely to end up with the grit necessary for success, while elite grads struggle to grow up. Seriously, if you are a parent with college in your future, current, or past - stop reading this blog post and go and find this book. Unlike so many other college parenting books, however, How to Raise an Adult contains practical suggestions for an alternative way of parenting and then encourages us that it is possible to function differently.” College Parent Central“This book will constantly be a guide . Reminding us that we are charged with transforming children into adults capable of meeting the challenges of life head-on, Lythcott-Haims dispenses compassion and a good kick in the pants in equal and appropriate measure.
The 20-year study showed that socially competent children who could cooperate with their peers without prompting, be helpful to others, understand their feelings, and resolve problems on their own, were far more likely to earn a college degree and have a full-time job by age 25 than those with limited social skills. A must-read for every parent who senses that there is a healthier and saner way to raise our children." -Madeline Levine, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well"For parents who want to foster hearty self-reliance instead of hollow self-esteem, How to Raise an Adult is the right book at the right time." -Daniel H. if parents want to raise productive adults.” Kirkus Reviews“Lythcott-Haims presents a convincing vision of overprotected, overparented, overscheduled kids . A must-read for every parent who senses that there is a healthier and saner way to raise our children.” MADELINE LEVINE, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well“Have the good intentions of American parents gone awry?Lythcott-Haims, the mother of two teens, counts herself among those who have taken far too many aspects of their children’s lives into their own hands. Our children are engaged in the serious work of becoming an adult. the author does a superb job of laying out the facts . Julie Lythcott-Haims understands that the goal of parenting should be to raise autonomous adults, not have name-brand college admissions to brag about. The timing of Lythcott-Haims wonderful book could not be better.Today’s young adults, she asserts, lack life skills and resilience; they can’t competently make decisions, manage risk, overcome setbacks, or take charge. With this book, Lythcott-Haims provides the missing user manual.” The Chicago Tribune“This book is the antidote to helicopter parenting. 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. instead of thinking about raising children, we need to be thinking about raising adults.” CBS “This Morning”“Lythcott-Haims breaks down the source of helicopter parenting habits, and uses studies and stories to illustrate the developmental, emotional, and psychological toll that overparenting can take on children. Thank you for spreading this really important and powerful message.” FOX “Fox & Friends”“Reveals some terrifying truths.” Telegraph (UK)“At last, a parenting book I can get behind.” The Independent (UK)“Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and get this book! Her double perspective--as a mother of teenagers and a former longtime freshman dean at Stanford--makes her uniquely equipped to show parents how to do exactly that. The pendulum has swung away from helicopter parenting (just this week new research on the damage it does) and parents are looking for the guidance and insight in finding a better way.Along with overprotection, she sees a trend toward racing kids onto a fast track, with unreasonable pressures to get into highly selective colleges. Lythcott-Haims’ research, combined with a decade of experience as a Stanford dean, makes for some important insights into the state of parenting in America today.” San Francisco Chronicle“[How to Raise an Adult] may just be the Black Hawk Down of helicopter parenting. In other words, get a life, and your child just might do the same someday.” The New York Times Book Review“[How to Raise an Adult] is refreshing in many ways, and as parents ourselves, we highly recommend it.” The News & Observer“This is such a terrific book. Parents will love it and devour it because it’s such a concern . She also gives parents some constructive tips for stepping back and allowing the next generation of leaders to become fully formed adults.” MSNBC “Melissa Harris-Perry”“Julie Lythcott-Haims, I hope my child has a dean, teacher, others like you out there . It’s Malcolm Gladwell meets Paul Tough meets Madeline Levine in a fresh, timely take on raising excellent adults from former Stanford freshmen admissions dean and parent Julie Lythcott-Haims. How to Raise an Adult is a gift to all of us who are educators, and to all of us who are parents.” Inside Higher Ed“In her easy-to-read prose . Wise, honest, compassionate, and deeply informed, How to Raise an Adult ought to be at the top of everybody's stack of parenting books.” WILLIAM DERESIEWICZ, author of the New York Times bestseller Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life“While the book aims to show us how to better raise adults, Lythcott-Haims also shows how this will make us better adults. Lythcott-Haims offers readers just that.” Grown and Flown“Lythcott-Haims ... Now that I have read [it], I will be aware of the fact that as a parent I am going to raise a responsible well-adjusted adult who will be able to thrive in the real world; not a child who will need support all her life. Diva Likes Julie Lythcott-Haims is a national treasure.Most tours are included in free general Museum admission.