A Conversation with How To Raise An Adult author Julie Lythcott-Haims

On Thursday, February 9, over 80 Portland-area Oregon State University parents, alumni, and friends gathered at Vernier Software for a conversation and reception with Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of The New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult. Guests were also able to partake in a book signing following the conversation.

The former dean of freshmen at Stanford University and top TED speaker, Lythcott-Haims drew from research, from conversations with educators and employers, and from her own insights as a mother and as a dean of students to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children. While empathizing with parental hopes and fears, she offered the audience practical strategies that allow children to develop the resilience and inner determination necessary to thrive.

This parenting perspective aligns with OSU’s commitment to ensuring that all students grow and develop as whole people prepared for success in careers and in life.

The event was sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association, the OSU Foundation, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, the Honors College, and the Division of Student Affairs. Special thanks to Milton Harris Society members Christine and David Vernier ’76 for hosting the event.

For those who weren’t able to attend in person or view via live stream, a replay of the event has been made possible by Blaze Streaming Media.