Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter parenting manifesto which gave rise to a popular TED Talk. The book details how a parent can rob a child from developing agency by over-parenting. It emerged from her decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and her fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students, which was becoming a nationwide trend. Her most recent book Your Turn has been called “a groundbreakingly frank guide to adulthood.” 

Peter Gray

Peter Gray

Peter Gray is a professor of psychology at Boston College whose recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He has expanded on these ideas in his book, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. He also authors a regular blog called “Freedom to Learn” for Psychology Today magazine.

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Lenore Skenazy

After her column “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone” landed her on every talk show from The Today Show to Dr. Phil, Lenore Skenazy got labeled “America’s Worst Mom.” She turned around and wrote the book “Free-RangeKids,” sparking the movement that says today’s kids are smarter and stronger than our culture gives them credit for. This grew into “Let Grow,” a non-partisan nonprofit co-founded with Jonathan Haidt, working to make it easy, normal and legal to give kids back some independence.

Michael Hynes

Dr. Michael Hynes

Dr. Michael Hynes served as the superintendent of schools in his hometown district of Patchogue-Medford, Long Island. His mission is to spread the message of the importance of a holistic approach to educating children. He emphasizes the importance of play, recess in schools, mental health, yoga and mindfulness in the classroom. He’s also a public school advocate, TEDx speaker, and author of numerous articles on school leadership.


How Overparenting Impacts College Students

With Frank Bruni

Journalist, Author, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be

The Key To Success? Devotion.

With David Coleman

President, College Board

The Importance of Sleep

With Cara Natterson, MD

Pediatrician, author of The Care and Keeping of You Series


With Jonathan Haidt

Author, The Coddling of the American Mind

Failure 101

With Dr. Angela Duckworth

Author, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

The Dangers of Sports Specialization

With Cara Natterson, MD

Pediatrician, author of The Care and Keeping of You Series