How to Raise An Adult @ Oxford Lane Library


On Tuesday, November 1, McGuffey is hosting a discussion at Oxford Lane Library about the book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims. Our discussion will be from 6:00-7:00pm.

This discussion is open to all members of the community and we would love to have a strong turn-out of McGuffey parents. Both Lane Library and McGuffey have several copies of the book available for loan. For school copies, please contact the office.

Lythcott-Haims, a former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford, makes the case for parents to stop defining their children’s success by their grades and test scores. She presents an alternative check-list of skills real adults need to be successful in any life path. How do we support the development of their independence and self-efficacy? How do we make sure our children don’t equate their worth with their grades? She pushes us to consider the purpose of childhood on the pathway to adulthood.

Don’t have time to read the book? Watch this TED Talk Video from the author. Reading the book is not a pre-requisite for participating in our discussion.

To order your own copy of the book, go to

—Danielle Black, Megan Gerhardt, Susie Lute, Carrie Solomon-Stenstrom, and Nancy Hawthorne

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