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Tonight: 'Toss Out Checklisted Childhood'

Author Julie Lythcott-Haims at Hillview Middle School PAC

The author of the New York Times bestseller "How to Raise an Adult," Julie Lythcott-Haims, will speak at Hillview Middle School's Performing Arts Center in Menlo Park, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. The free event is open to the public.

Her talk, "Throw Out the Checklisted Childhood," will draw on Ms. Lythcott-Haims insights as a mother and a former dean of freshman students at Stanford University.

She will discuss how "over-parenting" can harm children, their stressed-out parents and society at large, and she will provide strategies to help children develop resilience, resourcefulness and inner determination.

In addition to her book, Ms. Lythcott-Haims has given Ted Talks, written for major magazines and has a podcast, "Getting In," with advice about the college applications process.

She also writes poetry, plays and short fiction. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Harvard Law School and is working on a master's degree in creative writing at the College of Fine Arts in San Francisco. She and her family, including two teenagers, her partner and her mother, live in Palo Alto.

No reservations are needed. The school is at 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park.

The program is part of the Menlo Park City School District parent education series.

The speaker series website has videos of past events.

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