“How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success” by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Parents are stressed. Kids are stressed. Yet, we continue to encourage and support methods of parenting that are exhausting and unsustainable, and that do not adequately prepare children for adulthood. Parents who over-function often report strained marital relationships, constant worry and little joy in life. Kids who have over-functioning parents are more likely to experience anxiety and/or depression, and to have poorly developed problem-solving, critical thinking and general life skills. This is a fascinating book, full of examples, research citations and recommendations for further reading.

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