This week’s Healthy Parenting Connector will be my thoughts on the challenges of raising an adult in today’s world… If you didn’t see last week’s interview with author Julie Lythcott-Haims, you are missing out! She’s amazing and had a lot of good things to say as well as some scary predictions about young adults raised by helicopter parents.
But our culture isn’t making it easy…
3 reasons it’s challenging to raise an adult:
1. The judgment of others (comparisonitis)
2. When a child’s decision affects the whole family (when do we let them fail vs be fair to the whole?)
3. It’s always faster and easier to do it ourselves! (Most common reason I hear from parents that it’s hard to teach kids to cook too…)
Each of these and its own is hard enough, but altogether makes our goal of raising healthy independent adults very tricky.
Sometimes we need to remember that a longleaf pine tree must be burned in order to thrive… Check out what I learned in the forest this weekend!
I’m determined to raise healthy, independent adults, in spite of what other people say. -Katie Kimball
Will scientists look back at this point in history and say “That was the transition between actual motor skills and pushing buttons”? -Katie Kimball
Sometimes it looks like you don’t care because you’re not micromanaging. -Katie Kimball