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Many people believe that good parents manage their children’s lives, shield them from difficulties, intervene when things get tough at school or on the playing field, protect them from schoolyard bullies, and keep them from failing. But preventing kids from falling, smoothing over obstacles and rescuing them from the consequences of their mistakes denies them the experience they need to internalize lessons about resourcefulness, social competence and resilience. Parenting expert Jessica Lahey recommends “parenting for autonomy,” which means raising resilient children who grow into confident, competent adults. getAbstract recommends her insightful information to adolescents, parents and teachers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “parenting for autonomy” requires;
  • How children learn from struggles, mistakes and failures; and
  • How to help your children grow and succeed.

About the Author

Jessica Lahey is a teacher in New Hampshire, a columnist for The New York Times, and a speaker on parenting and education.



Traditional Parenting
Parenting philosophies have undergone many reincarnations. The parenting expert emerged as a public figure in the 1920s. Child-rearing books, pamphlets and manuals filled the shelves, and mothers sought advice from pediatricians rather than from other women. Specialists...

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