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Raising Kids who Care

An interesting article in last week’s New York Times addressed the question of empathy in children, and especially how to foster good and charitable impulses in our young people. A growing body of study is devoted to these impulses, which together constitute something called “prosocial” behavior, which is the opposite of antisocial behavior: The capacity […]

How Many Words Does Your Child Need?

Amidst a growing emphasis on the centrality of language and writing comes this article from last week about an invisible problem: the “poverty of words.” It describes a rarely mentioned phenomenon: that children in more affluent households tend to hear more words per day than less fortunate kids. The reason is simple: Educated and involved […]

What are 21st Century Skills, Anyway?

Ever hear that old saw, “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten”? To some, it is a precious whimsy, to others a well-loved book. But to early childhood educators like me, this particular phrase is an unshakable truth. Preschool (and kindergarten) is the time when higher-order skills like collaboration and creativity first […]

Is Failure the Key to Happiness?

I read a number of terrific articles over the past year, but two of them stood out. One, called “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy,” caused a significant stir when it was published. Its message that parents who overprotect their children are actually doing them a disservice provoked an outcry in some corners, and […]

How Young is Too Young to Read?

It is an all-too-common desire nowadays: the head start. No longer is it acceptable to raise a child who is average or even gifted; today’s high-pressure culture demands virtuosic performance from our kids—think red-shirting, Bach-playing, tiger moms and Kumon. Now the forces of balance have struck back: Last week one brand that had capitalized unusually […]

When Parents Go Too Far

Some of you may have already heard about this: a horrifying brawl between parents at a Los Angeles preschool graduation. Yes, you read that right: preschool graduation. Eyewitness accounts hold that two of the moms got into a shoving match because their kids were supposed to share a single cap and gown for pictures, and […]

How to Choose the Right Culver City Preschool

Many parents in Culver City come into the preschool applications process with something like dread. Horror stories abound about five-year waiting lists and brutal interviews, but the truth is far gentler: many of the best preschools in Los Angeles come with reasonable waiting lists and genuinely delightful people at the helm. Because I field so […]