10/28/2013 02:31 pm ET

The Perils Of Precocity


Something strange is going on with my six-year-old daughter’s reading habits. Until a few days ago, she had no reading habits. Now she suddenly has her face stuck in all sorts of books that are not age-appropriate. This is especially striking because Evangeline has always been drawn to the screen. Her appetite for movies—watched not on a television set but on a laptop, at close range—has always exceeded what one would normally expect from a little kid. At some point, when she was three or four, before her younger brother was born, I turned to my wife as we departed for a night out and remarked that she no longer cried when we left.

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