098 TSP Life Skills for Children | Avoid Overparenting (part 3)

This episode is the third in a series of episodes that discuss the book How to Raise an Adult (Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success) by Julie Lythcott-Haims, an award-winning former dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford University.

Today’s discussion focuses on the possibility that parents may be viewing their children’s accomplishments as a reflection of the parent. Parents may do things for their children because parents want things to be “good and comfortable.” Unfortunately, as Ms. Lythcott-Haims says, “[t]hat isn’t the reality of the world we’re preparing them for.”

The remainder of the episode is devoted to a list of various life skills that are appropriate for parents to teach children in various age groups. I finish the discussion with a list of life skills that I think are extremely important for young adults (i.e., college freshmen or high school graduates) to know and be able to take care of alone in order to succeed in the next stage of life.

I mentioned a few resources in the podcast episode. Here are links to those items.

This is the book I referred to in the podcast.

Please note that the link to this book is an affiliate link. There is no additional cost to you, but if you use the link provided, you will provide a small benefit to help the production of the Teach Suzuki Podcast and blog.

If you missed the first two episodes in this series about overparenting, here are the links:

Part 1: How to Raise an Adult

Part 2: What is Our Message? | How to Raise an Adult

If you have questions or answers or you would like to comment or leave me a voice mail, you can do so at (512) 537-6356. If you would like to send me an email, you may do so at paula@teachsuzuki.com. I welcome comments and questions about this episode and am interested in hearing about the perspective of other parents and teachers.

You may find more information and useful articles on my blog at: Teach Suzuki Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

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Author: Paula Bird

I am a professional violinist, university teacher, and private instructor with training in the Suzuki Method of Talent Education. I have decades of experience as a teacher and am willing to share my knowledge with parents and teachers of children who are learning music using the Suzuki Method.

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