My sister told me something that I vowed to share with as many parents as possible: "When my kids were small, I made a conscious decision to never say, 'I'm proud of you.' Instead, I have always said to them, 'You must be so proud of yourself.'"
Concern for children has been an issue since the popularization of Internet use in the mid-1990s. But while children of the digital revolution they are, natives of culture driven by the digital they are not.
As I read about Amy Chua's Tiger Mother, I keep asking myself, why is it that the kids who excel in high school don't necessarily do well in life? Have you noticed that at reunions or by staying in touch with your classmates?
Stimulating toddlers with reading, music and games provides them with the foundation for the next two decades of their education. Unfortunately, for millions of struggling American parents, these activities are economically impossible.
We can debate the stimulus package to help pull us out of the recession, but make no mistake -- our growing education deficit over the long term is as great a threat to our nation's well-being as the fiscal crisis.
For most people, the word orphanage conjures cold Dickensian images of cruelty to children -- and yet whenever I write that children under five should never be kept in institutional care, I hear from people who vigorously defend such facilities.
Of the 2.2 billion children that populate the world, 163 million of them are parentless. It's a staggering number -- and one that continues to grow with the persistence of disease, poverty, and warfare.