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A former Stanford dean explains why parents should let kids forget their homework

Parenting is one of those fickle tasks in which moms and dads may have good intentions but bad instincts. Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former Stanford dean and author of "How to Raise an Adult," explains that parents too often make the mistake of putting out every fire in their child's life, instead of turning minor failures into teachable moments. Case in point: Homework. Lythcott-Haims explains that when kids forget their homework at home or in their locker, parents often agree to drive back to recover or drop off the forgotten assignment.
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