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Julie Lythcott Haims at Crofton House School in October

Each year, Whole Girl, Whole World—a collaboration between the School and the CHS Parents’ Auxiliary—is an opportunity for our community to engage with thought-provoking topics and discuss the ways we can all support CHS students to become courageous, creative citizens. Internationally-renowned experts share their insights into issues and opportunities facing girls in a complex and dynamic world, so they can navigate life with confidence.

Part of that journey, and an imminent milestone for many at Crofton House, is the transition from CHS school and home life to university, careers and everything beyond graduation. How can we help guide students through the teen years and transitional periods, and still ensure they have the independence to learn and grow individually? How can we support our students, without overparenting? 

At the 2022-2023 Whole Girl, Whole World event, we will all look to discuss just that with author, educator and public speaker Julie Lythcott Haims, on October 6. 

Julie served as dean of freshman and undergraduate advising at Stanford University and was the recipient of the 2021 Dinkelspiel Award for contributions to undergraduate education. She has published three books, including New York Times best-seller How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, released in 2021. 

“Julie inspires confidence. Her message gives both parents and children permission to embrace a braver version of themselves,” Ena Harrop, Head of School, said.

We look forward to welcoming Julie as our Whole Girl, Whole World speaker for the 2022-2023 school year. Her presentation will be hosted at Crofton House School in Manrell Hall on the evening of Thursday, October 6. Save the date, and look for further details and ticket information in the coming weeks!

Julie’s Whole Girl, Whole World Reading List

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

In How to Raise an Adult, Julie draws on research, conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and her insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight how overparenting harms children, their parents, and society at large. While empathising with the parental hopes and fears that lead to overhelping, she offers practical, alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness and inner determination necessary for success.

Of special value to parents of teens, this book is a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.

Your Turn: How to Be an Adult

In Your Turn, Julie offers compassion, personal experience, practical strategies for living more authentic adulthoods, and inspiration through interviews with dozens of voices from the rich diversity of the human population who have successfully launched their adult lives.

Being an adult, it turns out, is not about any particular checklist; it is, instead, a process, one you can get progressively better at over time―becoming more comfortable with uncertainty and gaining the know-how to keep going. Once you begin to practice it, being an adult becomes the most complicated yet most abundantly rewarding and natural thing.

Get to Know Julie
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