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Parenting exists on a spectrum that ranges from reckless absenteeism to suffocating mollycoddling. Both extremes can impede kids’ development, though a shift toward the latter style of child-rearing is materializing. Julie Lythcott-Haims, dean of freshmen at Stanford University, cautions against chasing steep ambitions for your children and micromanaging their lives. She proposes a parenting framework of “love and chores” that fosters individualism and volition. getAbstract believes all parents will find thoughtful lessons in Lythcott-Haims’s wry yet impassioned lecture.

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Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of How to Raise an Adult, a modern parenting guide.



A harmful parenting trend is emerging. Hovering, overinvolved mothers and fathers are unwittingly impeding their kids’ development. These parents micromanage all aspects of their children’s lives and set inordinately high expectations. They feel that their ambitions for their children justify frequent interventions with schoolteachers and coaches, as well as endless parental prodding, coaxing and negotiating. These parents crowd their kids’ schedules with enrichment activities, leaving no time for play, household chores or even proper sleep. They say their children’s happiness matters most, yet they fixate...

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