How to Raise an Adult: A Conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims

Book Cover for How to Raise and Adult and ME guest, Julie Lythcott-HaimsMost parenting advice is focused on how to raise our children. But should we perhaps be focusing on how to raise an adult?


While our job as parents is to love, care for, and teach our children, the purpose of our role is to raise a contributing member of society as our children reach adulthood. Well-intentioned parents have taken the reins in attempts to ensure positive outcomes for their children, but they’ve forgotten that if they are the driver, how will their children learn to find their way on their own? How did we get to this place? Why do we need to stop overparenting? Is there another way?


New York Times bestselling author, Julie Lythcott-Haims, answers these questions and shares wisdom and insights from her book, How to Raise an Adult, in this compelling episode of Mom Enough.



In what ways have you overparented your children? What hopes and fears play into your overparenting? After listening to this interview, what three steps will you take to shift away from parental overinvolvement? How have you shifted your perspective on what it means to be the parent you want to be?



YOUR TURN: WISDOM ON ADULTING FROM JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS. New York Times bestselling author, Julie Lythcott-Haims, returns to Mom Enough with a new book on supporting our children in becoming adults. She shares wisdom, personal reflections, and the stories of other young adults in her ultimate guide for adulting, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult. With vulnerability and compassion, Lythcott-Haims offers insights and helpful tips to guide young adults to discover their unique selves and define their singular path to adulthood.


JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS’ WEBSITE. Learn more about Lythcott-Haims’ work, including her critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir, Real American. You can also sign up for her newsletter.


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