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It’s ironic that there are still some people who seem to believe that the faster you can move children through childhood, the more advanced they’ll be.
This is the full text of the newsletter I sent out today.
I’ve been meaning to send out a newsletter all week. It’s been staring at me from my to-do list. But what I had planned to send out didn’t feel right anymore given the social context. So, I’ve been trying to find the right words to share.
As I’ve wrestled with those words, I’ve been offered an out —
“You don’t have to say anything.”
Long before the technology existed to allow us a real-time view inside the developing brain, a Swiss psychologist by the name of Jean Piaget explored the developmental patterns behind language and cognition in childhood. As one of the most influential developmental psychologists of the 20th century, he was a prolific writer and a pioneer in giving a developmental context to the human tasks of thinking and learning.
It’s been said that we’re all going through a collective traumatic event right now. And while we try to shield our young children from much of it, they are still touched on some level.
There’s been a lot to take in over the past few weeks. A lot of change. A lot of questions.
I’m an observer by nature.
Over the years, I’ve been sharing some of my favorite books along with the perfect gifts to go with them. It really is one of my favorite recipes for gifts for children: 1 great book + 1 fun toy = sure-fire winner with loads of use!
On top of that, this list includes links to Amazon, which is another favorite ingredient: not running around to stores. Especially this time of year, the more I can order without ever getting into a car (or a parking lot) the better!
A preschool director once relayed to me an observation she made at her community center. She watched as a mother plucked her child from the waters of the pool at the end of his swimming lesson, quickly dried him and dressed him right on the deck, and then delivered him, minutes later, to his karate class. She wondered at how passive his role in the whole exchange was, as though he was merely a passenger on the high-speed train that was his life.