Local nonprofit Raising Resilience is bringing an acclaimed author to meet Bainbridge parents and high school teens. In this special 20-minute podcast, we meet that dynamic author, Julie Lythcott-Haims, and also Cezanne Allen, board member of Raising Resilience.
Julie, as a New York Times bestselling author of “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success”, will be speaking to parents, educators and interested adults on Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:30pm at the Commons auditorium of Bainbridge High School. She will also address students at BHS early the following morning.
From her 10 years as Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University, Lythcott-Haims noticed a significant increase in parental involvement in students’ lives. Parents were exerting increasing control over their children’s academic work, extracurricular and career choices, and daily life decision making. She noticed “increasing numbers of students who, as a result of hyperattentive parenting, lacked a strong sense of self and were poorly equipped to handle the demands of adult life.” Such over-involved parenting, affectionately known as “helicopter parents” (for their hovering prowess), has been an evolving phenomena since the Baby Boom generation began raising children. The effect has been kids who feel under pressure to succeed in terms they have not yet defined, but who do not learn life skills to succeed in the most basic ways because their parents have taken care of every little thing.
Lythcott-Haims’ book offers an alternative to over-parenting, over-helping, over-scheduling. Clearly, her message has resonated strongly across the country since she is frequently asked to speak in communities everywhere, is being interviewed on the Today Show on January 25th, and has done a number of TEDx talks.
Raising Resilience and the BHS PTSO are co-sponsoring bringing Julie Lythcott-Haims to Bainbridge Island to speak about the important and valuable lessons we need to hear to help our kids thrive and grow on their own into adept, successful adults.
Register at the Raising Resilience website for what promises to be an inspiring talk. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing that evening.
Credits: BCB host: Channie Peters; BCB audio editor: Tim Bird; BCB social media publisher: Barry Peters.