By Julie Lythcott-Haims
A provocative manifesto that exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and units forth another philosophy for elevating preteens and teenagers to self-sufficient younger adulthood
In the right way to increase an grownup, Julie Lythcott-Haims attracts on examine, on conversations with admissions officials, educators, and employers, and on her personal insights as a mom and as a scholar dean to focus on the ways that overparenting harms youngsters, their stressed-out mom and dad, and society at huge. whereas empathizing with the parental hopes and, specially, fears that bring about overhelping, Lythcott-Haims deals useful substitute thoughts that underline the significance of permitting young children to make their very own errors and advance the resilience, resourcefulness, and internal selection worthwhile for success.
Relevant to folks of little toddlers in addition to of twentysomethings-and of specific worth to folks of teens-this publication is a rallying cry when you desire to make sure that the following iteration can take cost in their personal lives with competence and self assurance.
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We decided to edit interview comments when necessary for easy readability, although we were very careful not to change the substance of comments. We also concealed the identities of families and individuals involved. In addition to the information gathered through interviews and questionnaires, we had already collected information on these students as a regular part of the Meyerhoff Program's research agenda. In some cases, the home environment for the families in our study changed over the years—from two parents to single parents or to grandparents or stepparents living in the home and being engaged in childrearing—a 21 Overcoming the Odds situation frequently found among African American families today.
In this way, we gain a better understanding of what can be done to increase the numbers who succeed. It is encouraging, for instance, that those African American women who are classified as gifted in mathematics tend to expect positive results as a consequence of being successful in this area, even more so than their male counterparts. 65 The need to examine why women in the Meyerhoff Scholars Program have been successful becomes even more compelling when we consider the recent findings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) regarding minorities in science.
Chapter 2 gives the mothers' perspective on parenting practices and strategies that were most effective in supporting their daughters. Similarly, Chapter 3 looks at father-daughter relationships, which are even more rarely examined. In both chapters, the results of the group interviews give us the parents' perspectives on the six critical parenting components that we identify as central to effective parenting. In both chapters, we learn about these parents' views about their own childhood experiences, and we look at the impact of these experiences on their approaches to parenting.
How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims