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Book Of the Month - How to Raise an Adult by Judy Lythcott-Haims

Please join us for our first Book Club breakfast on October 24th from 7:30 a.m - 8:30 a.m. Mrs. Snyder will join us and lead our first book club discussion. Please RSVP if you will attend.

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

by Judy Lythcott-Haims

Former Stanford University dean Lythcott-Haims presents a convincing vision of overprotected, overparented, overscheduled kids in this report on the current state of childhood and parenting in middle- and upper-class families. Lythcott-Haims, the mother of two teens, counts herself among those who have taken far too many aspects of their children’s lives into their own hands. Today’s young adults, she asserts, lack life skills and resilience; they can’t competently make decisions, manage risk, overcome setbacks, or take charge. Along with overprotection, she sees a trend toward racing kids onto a fast track, with unreasonable pressures to get into highly selective colleges. After presenting the problem in detail (through interviews with college admissions officers, educators, parents, and others), she offers a number of viable solutions, encouraging parents to nurture kids’ unique gifts rather than mold them like “little bonsai trees” and to help them develop life skills (e.g., doing chores, critical thinking, public speaking). She also claims that lower-income kids are more likely to end up with the grit necessary for success, while elite grads struggle to grow up. The overparenting trend, Lythcott-Haims contends, is harmful not only to kids but also to parents who are stressed and overscheduled themselves. This vigorous text will give parents the backup needed to make essential changes.

PTA News

Thank you to everyone for making this years Fun Run such a huge success! Be sure to join us this Friday, October 14th at GMB to watch Mrs Peden and the PE Coaches get slimed.

Spirit Store will be open before and after GMB this Friday, October 14th and Friday, October 28th.

Sip n’ Snips will be held tomorrow Friday, October 14th. It will take place in the cafeteria after Good Morning Bledsoe. Enjoy time with fellow volunteers as we “Sip” some coffee and “Snip” projects to help our teachers! Everyone is welcome! The only requirement is that your background check has been completed. Please contact Julie Anderson at with any questions. See you there!

Fall Stock the Pantry: this Friday, October 14th

Help us stock the teacher's workroom with drinks and snacks for our wonderful staff! Please drop any donations on Friday, October 14th. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

PTA Reflections Art Contest: What Is Your Story?

We are so proud of our Bledsoe students who are hard at work creating for the PTA Reflections contest. The deadline is tomorrow October 14 deadline...more information and entry forms can be found at:

Students, remember to fully communicate on you entry form how your artwork reflects this year's theme, "What Is Your Story?"

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, October 17th Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Nights (K-2nd)

Tuesday, October18th Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Nights (3rd-5th)

Friday, November 4th - Fall Festival 6-8pm

Important Dates

October 24th 7:30 a.m. Bledsoe Book Club Breakfast

October 27th Report Cards go home

October 28th Celebration of Learning

October 29th Gary Burns Fun Run