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April 5, 2019

The Week in Early Learning

Natalie Matthews Ramo

This week’s best reads about early learning and parenting from around the web — April 5, 2019 edition.

With so many news sources and new research, it’s hard to stay in the loop of what’s going on with kids these days. But we’ve got you covered!

Each week we will comb through the web and find the most interesting reads in the topics of parenthood and early childhood.

Stop Asking Kids What They Want to Be When They Grow Up — via The New York Times

In this interesting opinion piece, organizational psychologist Adam Grant explores the pitfalls of asking kids to define themselves in terms of work. Does the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” encourage kids to dream and aim big or does it ask them to set their lives up for disappointment?

“When you’re asked what you want to be when you grow up, it’s not socially acceptable to say, ‘A father,’ or, ‘A mother,’ let alone, ‘A person of integrity.’ This might be one of the reasons many parents say their most important value for their children is to care about others, yet their kids believe that top value is success. When we define ourselves by our jobs, our worth depends on what we achieve.” — Adam Grant

How to Cultivate Your Kid’s Sense of Humor — via Offspring

Children’s sense of humor develops along with other developmental milestones. This fun piece has great tips for cultivating their learning and embracing your little learner’s joy de vivire — butt jokes and all.

Playtime Is Over! — via Slate

This great piece is not from this week but is fairly recent. With all the new research indicating play is the most important factor in a child’s development, it’s no wonder parents are feeling a mix of fatigue and guilt. This article by Rebecca Onion explores play research through the context of time, cultural biases and through the lens of the psychological effects great expectations place on American families. Beyond exploring history and feelings, Onion offers easy ways to apply the latest research taking into account the mental health of parents.

Read more about play and child development

Poor children troubled emotionally when parents fight — via Medical Xpress

Kids’ emotional security becomes threatened when their parents can’t resolve their differences peacefully, especially in low-income households dealing with stress and finances. A new University of Michigan study published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence found that when parents listen or use humor to resolve conflicts, their children report fewer emotional and behavior problems.

8 Pieces of Baby Sleep Gear All Parents Should Know About — via Fatherly

From a high-tech baby monitor to a soothing bear loaded with a “cry sensor”, Fatherly has all the latest gadgets to help parents catch up on sleep.

Did we miss anything? Share in the comments!

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