In this Parent Workshop, we will discuss some of the main ideas raised in Julie Lythcott-Haims’ book: How to Raise an Adult. As parents, we all have hopes and dreams for our children and it is challenging to ensure that we are leaving space for our children to develop their own dreams, and then to cultivate the skills they need to achieve them. Through exploring ideas, such as avoiding providing a “checklisted childhood” and ways we can support, but not take over, our children as they develop life skills, we will come to an understanding of how to “break free of the overparenting trap” and prepare our children to embark on their life’s path.

Sari Abrams is Director of Parent and Child Education at Pressman Academy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.  She has been at Pressman for 19 years. During this time, she has taught two and three-year olds, taught Parent and Me classes, and, for the past 14 years has run the Pressman Parenting Institute. In her current position, she is facilitating parenting programs, teaching parenting classes for parents of children in the ECC, Elementary and Middle Schools, teaching parent and me classes, mentoring new teachers and working closely with the ECC director and members of the Student Services division. Sari is also a member of the inaugural cohort of First 36 Fellows, a program of the BJE and Simms-Mann Institute. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and has 3 sons and a daughter-in-law