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A former Stanford dean reveals the keys to successful parenting

January 11, 2017

Julie Lythcott-Haims gives her 2015 TED talk on successful parenting. Julie Lythcott-Haims doesn't consider herself an expert on parenting, but she did write a book and give a TED talk about it. Lythcott-Haims, a former dean of freshman at Stanford University, is the author of "How to Raise an Adult," and gave the 2015 TED talk "How to raise successful kids — without over-parenting." In both, she argues that today's parents care too much about their kids' short-term happiness, rather than their long-term maturity. Her remedies: She says parents should be authoritative but not authoritarian. She's a vocal champion for chores. And she urges parents not to rob their kids of the chance to fail. You can watch Lythcott-Haims' full talk here, but here are the main points. Lythcott-Haims worked as the freshman dean at Stanford from 1985 to 2012. During that time, countless kids came to her facing self-doubt and depression. Day after day, she saw kids who were exceptionally bright yet fantastically brittle. They were also noticeably burnt-out. "They're a little old before their time," she says in the TED talk, "wishing the grown-ups in their lives...

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