Parent Edge to host "helicopter parenting" presentation on Oct 29th

October 11, 2015 | by Erin Sirianni

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BookMercer Island Parent Edge is hosting the upcoming presentation, “Throw Out the Check-Listed Childhood,” by widely-acclaimed author Julie Lythocott-Haims. The event will take place on Thursday, October 29th at 7 pm at Mercer Island High School.

In her New York Times bestseller “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare your Child for Success,” Lythcott-Haims exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and sets forth an alternative philosophy for raising children to self-sufficient adulthood.

While empathizing with the parental hopes and features that lead to over-helping, Lythcott-Haims offers strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.

More about Julie Lythcott-Haims:

Julie-Lythcott-HaimsA graduate of Stanford and Harvard Law, Julie Lythcott-Haims practiced law in the Bay Area before returning to Stanford as an Associate Dean, and then Assistant to the President. After that, she spent a decade as the Dean of Freshmen, a position she created in 2002. Almost 20,000 undergraduates matriculated on her watch, and in 2010 she received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award. To her students she was affectionately known as “Dean Julie.” Lythcott-Haims stepped down from her work at Stanford in 2012 to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at California College of the Arts. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, teenagers, and her mother. Visit her website at

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