Real American, Parenting, and Allyship: With Julie Lythcott-Haims

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Julie Lythcott-Haims is a lot of things. She’s a daughter. She’s a mother. She’s the former Dean of Freshman at Stanford University and a Ted Talk speaker. She holds several degrees including a Law Degree from Harvard. The identity that didn’t come as easy to her was that of black woman. In her memoir, Real American, Julie gives us her evolution of how growing up in a mixed race household and in many all white settings meant learning about and loving herself as a black woman would take some time. In How To Raise An Adult, Julie turned her Stanford experience and her mind for research into a manifesto for modern parenting. It’s interesting how 2 seemingly unconnected books intertwined beautifully as we talked about them both. We cover so much that this became one of my favorite episodes ever.

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