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Mar 15, 2024

Julie Lythcott-Haims visits Google to discuss her book "Your Turn: How to Be an Adult". 

In the twentieth century, psychologists came up with five markers of adulthood: finish your education, get a job, leave home, marry, and have children. But early adulthood for members of the Millennial and Gen Z generations looks a lot different. Those old markers are valid choices, but any one person’s choices along those lines do not make them more or less an adult. In “Your Turn,” Julie exposes her own veins, dropping any pretense of authority about her subject and instead leads with disarming vulnerability. The result: A remarkable, comprehensive, loving, useful guide to living a more authentic adulthood from a leading voice in parenting. It turns out that being an adult is not about any particular checklist; it is, instead, a process—one you can get progressively better at over time. Once you begin to practice it, being an adult becomes the most complicated yet also the most abundantly rewarding and natural thing. For anyone struggling with #adulting, “Your Turn” shares a path replete with actionable items that leads to joy and fulfillment.

Originally published in May of 2021.

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