Raising Adults: Is Overparenting Ruining Kids?

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College students move into dorms. (Kevin Bain/AP)
College students move into dorms. (Kevin Bain/AP)

What's at risk when kids are "overparented?" The former dean of freshmen at Stanford University, Julie Lythcott-Haims, says she noticed that students were becoming less and less independent, as parents  continued to control their children’s lives. And, she says, it was having a big impact on students.


Julie Lythcott-Haims, former dean of freshmen at Stanford University. She's author of "How To Raise An Adult." She tweets @DeanJulie.


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  • "As parents, our intentions are sound—more than sound: We love our kids fiercely and want only the very best for them. Yet, having succumbed to a combination of safety fears, a college admissions arms race, and perhaps our own needy ego, our sense of what is 'best' for our kids is completely out of whack. We don’t want our kids to bonk their heads or have hurt feelings, but we’re willing to take real chances with their mental health?"

This segment aired on August 27, 2015.


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