I’ve spent the last 17 years working as a music teacher and crisis counselor for teens.
Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Submit it here or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group. Our neighborhood has a small parents’ group with a Facebook page and occasional in-person meetups.
There is no shortage of parenting advice in books and on the Internet, much of it conflicting: for instance, “Do sleep train your baby” versus “Don’t, under any circumstances, sleep train your baby.
Humans are not all equal in every way. There are a few individuals who have achieved an unparalleled mastery in their field — and they are what I call the exceptionals. Put another way, they are the 1% of the 1% of the world's most successful people.
In sports, early specialization appears to matter. Tiger Woods was less than 2 years old when his father began teaching him to play golf. He was on television by age 3. By the age of 5, he was in Golf Digest. Later, he became the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur champion. The youngest Masters champion.
Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Submit it here or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group. This question will probably offend a lot of parents and is probably the opposite of the intent of Care and Feeding.
Erase these common phrases from your parenting vocabulary.
During a child's early years, parents often look for signs that demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in an activity, field or topic. Maybe their kid runs faster than others, or solves advanced math problems with ease, or has a keen sense of music and can sing on key.
If you've been trained to do the opposite, you're not alone.
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Open Instagram and behold the perfect, zonked-out babies, lulled to sleep by methods designed by expensive coaches.
Why does an 8-year-old fall to the floor after the slightest contact from a sibling? For the same reason NBA players do. It’s all about gaining an advantage with the refs, er, mom and dad. A few weeks ago, Owen, my 8-year-old, was walking across the living room.
Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Submit it here or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group. So, this is a seemingly small thing and it’s going to make me sound like an absolute jerk, but here we go.
Humor is a powerful tool in a parent's arsenal. But it's good to think about whether a dad joke is used to lighten the mood, or maintain distance.
On March 7, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York in the face of rapidly rising Covid-19 cases. Three months and one day later, my daughter was born.
Before he was a photographer at the Raquette Lake summer camp in the Adirondacks, Andrew Itkoff spent 30 years as a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist covering everything from Hurricane Andrew to the O.J. Simpson trial.
The first few years of parenthood is a huge adjustment, especially if you're a working parent. All of a sudden, your baby is walking ... and talking. Then they turn three, and demanding to know why you have to leave them to go to work. While transition moments (e.g.