“Helicopter parent” is the modern putdown for the hovering, overprotective mom and dad none of wanted as a kid but so many of us have become as adults. Is it too late for us to change over hovering ways?
It’s not, according to author and former Stanford University dean Julie Lythcott-Haims, who joins us on the latest Modern Dads Podcast to talk about her new book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success.
Lythcott-Haims’ book, which City Dads Group gave a glowing review to back in June, recounts stories of young adults who have been left devoid of the basic life skills that are crucial to surviving in a dangerous unforgiving world because of their hovering, overprotective mothers and fathers. It is, as our reviewer said, “packed with solutions for preparing your children for independence while letting them know that you love them and want to be included in their lives now that they are adults.”
Lythcott-Haims is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter parenting manifesto which gave rise to one of the top TED Talks of 2016, and now has over 4 million views. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience with racism and her journey toward self-acceptance. A third book on how to be an adult, for young adults, is forthcoming. She is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford, a law degree from Harvard, and an masters in fine arts for writing from California College of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their two teenagers and her mother.