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Overparenting can take many forms—the extreme being, say, bribing and cheating your kid’s way into college. And while the college bribery scandal is an over-the-top example, it does bring up the overarching issue of all the ways kids are undermined when parents go overboard smoothing the road for them. In Episode 158 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Christine and I share fresh commentary on overparenting, then rebroadcast an interview with Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure. Christine and Jessica talk about letting go of control, how ignoring the grade portal actually encourages learning, and how lovingly stepping back doesn’t have to feel like walking away.
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Minimalist Parenting (our book)
- The 2019 college bribery scandal (the event which prompted this rebroadcast and our opening commentary)
- Jessica Lahey (website)
- Jessica’s YouTube channel
- The Gift of Failure (Jessica’s Book)
- #AmWriting (podcast by Jessica Lahey & KJ Dell’Antonia)
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
- Backstory on The Stinky & Dirty show
- Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives by Rachel Simmons
- Edit Your Life Episode 27: Modeling Imperfection
- Helping A Perfectionist Child Worry Less and Do More by Jessica Lahey
- How to Parent and Teach Perfectionist Kids (Jessica’s YouTube video)
- The One Thing You Can Do When the Homework Is Killing You All by KJ Dell’Antonia
- The Downside of Checking Kids’ Grades Constantly by Jessica Lahey
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