CRF Blog

Interview of the Day: Julie Lythcott’-Haims

by Bill Hayes

Patt Morrison, a Los Angeles Times columnist, interviews Julie Lythcott’-Haims, who opposes “helicopter parenting.”

You saw this problem not only at Stanford but in your own home.

Working with the quote’-unquote best and brightest, I was seeing more and more [students] who seemed less and less capable of doing the stuff of life. They were incredibly accomplished in the transcript and GPA sense but less with their own selves, evidenced by how frequently they communicated with a parent, texting multiple times a day, needing a parent to tell them what to do.

I’d been scolding other people for five or six years. One night I started cutting my 10′-year’-old son’s meat and realized I was enabling dependence on me. I could see the link between parenting and why my college students, though very accomplished academically, were rather existentially impotent. [more]