When Being Wrong is All Right
Carl and Phyllis are becoming increasingly annoyed with their three-year-old son, Andrew. He started talking at 18 months of age; and for the past year-and-a-half they have been impressed by his steadily advancing capacity for speech. However, they now have noticed Andrew seems to be suffering a lapse in language development. In particular, he appears to be having a serious problem with grammar, routinely saying things like "I wented to the park" and "My foots are cold." ... Read More
Average Age vs. Normal Range
A critically important concept about which mothers and fathers are routinely uniformed or misinformed is the difference between "average age" and "normal range" for major developmental milestones. Understanding and appreciating the significant difference may alleviate a lot of needless anxiety and lead to considerably healthier parental practices. ... Read More
The Plural of Leaf is Tree
Little Jennifer is a genius. Her grades in school are not as good as those of her older sister, Jessica. But as far as I'm concerned, Jennifer has a more impressive mind.
I don't mean to denigrate Jessica. She is a fantastic kid in her own right. She's an extremely bright and very conscientious student. And her straight A's in every class from kindergarten to junior high attest to the fact that she has accumulated vast stores of knowledge and has developed superb academic skills. ... Read More
Are the Terrible Twos Inevitable?
The fact is that "the terrible twos," although common, should not be regarded as either normal or inevitable. The extreme unpleasantness can be easily prevented via an accurate understanding of early social development and the application of appropriate parenting practices. ... Read More
Pacifiers and Security Blankets
This story illustrates the two key concerns parents have about their child's use of a pacifier, security blanket, or other such item. At what age does the child's attachment to the object become inappropriate? And why does the child become attached to the object in the first place? ... Read More
Achievement Does Not Necessarily Involve Advancement
A common mistake that mothers and fathers tend to make is viewing their child's educational development in strictly vertical terms. They conceptualize progress as climbing up to the next highest rung on a ladder; and the more quickly their child is moving up, the more progress she is making. ... Read More
The Power of Play
"How can my child be getting an adequate preparation for school when she spends so much time just playing?"
Like many other parents of young children, you may find yourself asking this question on occasion. After all, we live in a competitive, constantly changing world, so it is essential to give your child every possible advantage right from the start. And recent research clearly indicates that success in school - and in life - is heavily dependent on an abundance of appropriate educational experiences during the critical early years. ... Read More