Teach Your Kids to Fail

I want to tell my children that they are smart all the time. Especially in the first few years of a child’s life, her rapid acquisition of skills and language feels nothing short of miraculous, even though it could not…

The Exhaustion is Real

While on a business trip in Chicago last month, I accidentally slept for 12 hours. I fell asleep at 9:30 p.m. local time and didn’t set an alarm, because I figured there was no way I would sleep past 7:30…

When I published The Hurried Child in 1981, I was labeled a Pop psychologist and the book was not even reviewed iContemporary Psychology, the prestigious monthly book review journal of the American Psychological Association. Over the last decade or so…

It’s no secret that many people involved in education — teachers and administrators, parents, policymakers or employers — are looking for ways that schools can better help children develop as people and productive citizens in the American democratic experiment.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/12/20/educating-the-whole-child-isnt-just-jargon-heres-how-its-done/?utm_term=.5e1cf291b24c…

It’s a brisk winter morning in New York City and a class of bubbly preschoolers have burst into Room 5 of the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School for a period of free play. Amid an explosion of drawing, coloring, and play-dough…