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Any parent who has ever protected their child from feeling an uncomfortable emotion, wanted to prevent them from being in an uncomfortable situation or didn’t adequately prepare their child to gain the skills to get through challenges needs to listen to this episode. I speak with the amazing Julie Lythcott-Haims, who is a lawyer, turned Stanford University dean, turned author, who is writing to help parents back off from over parenting their children and actually learn how to repattern the unskillful patterns that are preventing young adults from living a thriving life. So many parents have good intentions and yet poor execution, and while many parents are wanting to reduce their kids’ anxiety, the results of overparenting are actually increasing anxiety for both parents and kids. This candid conversation shares not only personal stories but really helpful and practical tools that any parent, with kids of any age, will benefit from. Julie also shares about her new book, recently released, Your Turn, which she considers to be a follow up from her first book, How to Raise an Adult.


Julie’s bio:

Julie Lythcott-Haims believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. Her work encompasses writing, speaking, teaching, mentoring, and activism. 

She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult which gave rise to a popular TED Talk. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. Her third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, has been called a “groundbreakingly frank” guide to adulthood. 

Julie holds degrees from Stanford, Harvard Law, and California College of the Arts. She currently serves on the boards of Common Sense Media, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Narrative Magazine, and on the Board of Trustees at California College of the Arts. She serves on the advisory boards of LeanIn.Org, Parents magazine and Baldwin For the Arts. 

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their itinerant young adults, and her mother. 

Follow her on IG: @jlythcotthaims

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