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

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  • an eye-opening and helpful response to the unfortunate trend of helicopter parenting that plagues many Ivy League-focused households
  • employs both cogent research and practical how-to solutions in remedying the problem
  • an essential read for any parent looking for balance between pushing their children to succeed and loving them no matter what

How to raise a future Ivy League Graduate versus How to Raise an Adult: two worthy goals that don’t necessarily approximate the same ends or means. In an era of helicopter parenting and levels of competition for college acceptance more frenzied than ever, America was bound to experience growing pains in its collective parenting style. Former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University, Julie Lythcott-Haims employs her on-site expertise with one of the country’s most gifted youth populations as the fodder for her insights into this mass parenting crisis, in an effort to escape the titular “parenting trap,” giving How to Raise an Adult the weight of experience that makes it a must-read.

How to Raise an Adult confronts a national crisis of consciousness in teenagers and young adults who appear to be losing the capacity to fully spread their wings as self-sufficient and well-adjusted adults. Lythcott-Haims expertly balances her approach between research-based analysis of the problem’s origins — with manifold convincing expert interviews — and prescriptive, practical guidance on how parents and educators can assist young people in creating solutions.

Parents dreaming of a future colored in Harvard or Stanford for their children should absolutely engage with How to Raise an Adult as an effective guide in promoting promise rather than pressure in young people.