How to Raise an Adult


What really matters when it comes to helping a child become a competent, confident and caring adult?

During 10 years as Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University, author Julie Lythcott-Haims took notice of the escalating number of high-achieving students who lacked the self-reliant skills needed to become competent adults.

In her acclaimed book “How to Raise an Adult,” she turns to research and draws from her experience with Stanford students to explain how parents can help rather than hinder their children’s ability to acquire the skills needed for independent, successful living.

Bainbridge parents and educators will have an opportunity to hear author Julie Lythcott-Haims’ observations and recommendations in person by joining her and Raising Resilience at BHS Commons on Wednesday, February 3, 7:30 – 9 p.m. for the upcoming presentation.

Families with children of all ages will benefit from  her message. It is never too early to help children build the skills needed to become thriving adults.


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Parenting Manifesto


Register by Monday (January 12) for the next Parenting Right in the Middle event, for parents of kids in grades 5 through 8.

The New Year has arrived! With a new year comes a chance for a fresh perspective. What better time to reflect on what is truly important to your family. Here is a perspective worth considering, from researcher Dr. Brene Brown. Also check out this free and colorful download that you can put in your home. Enjoy!

This blog post is part of our Parenting Right in the Middle program, which includes email messages called TIPs (Tools for Intentional Parenting) for parents of tweens (grades 5 through 8). Sign up here if you’d like to receive these TIPs via email.

Image courtesy of Dr. Brene Brown.

Soon-to-be Parents: Check out PEPS!

small samPEPS, or Program for Early Parent Support, is back on Bainbridge! Beginning February 2015, parents of newborns younger than 4 months are invited to take part in a 12-week series of facilitated discussion and connection with a small group of other families.

A PEPS group is a marvelous way to reduce isolation and create a “village” as you begin your parenting journey.

Check out their website or email for more information.

Resource Guide for Bainbridge Island Teens and Tweens

resourceguideNew and exciting! Thanks to the Bainbridge Healthy Youth Initiative, Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, and the Bainbridge Public Library for putting together this Resource Guide for Bainbridge Island Teens & Tweens.

Check it out and share with your teens and tweens!

The Internal Compass and Middle School Girls

compassOur first Bainbridge Healthy Youth Summit — where Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD spoke about her concept of an Internal Compass — inspired a mom working with a group of girls on Bainbridge. She invited Marilyn to visit the group, and Marilyn reflected on that visit on her blog.

Read her post here, and learn more about Marilyn and the Internal Compass here.

We hear frequently how deeply Marilyn’s talk resonated with the parents and educators in the room that day. What has inspired you? Have you ever learned something new at a Raising Resilience event and then put it into practice?

Image from Marilyn Price-Mitchell’s Roots of Resilience website.