Thursday, January 13, 2011

Good news for the slacker is more crucial than we realize

If you're like me, and have a generous helping of that working mom guilt, you might feel that you don't spend enough time focused on academic activities with your preschooler. It seems that we are told our children should be reading, studying flashcards, and prepping for kindergarten earlier and earlier. On particularly bad days you might even catch me wondering if Amy Chua has it right, and 3-4 hour daily piano practice is actually the way to go.

Well, a new article from researchers at Harvard University indicate that focusing on the academics might not actually be as useful as we think. They theorize that play, and play based curriculums actually prepare children far better for school success.

So what I'm saying is, we can ignore the dishes, flashcards and chores in favor of hanging out with the kids. Ok, ok, so I was already doing that anyway. But the difference is, now I can feel virtous about it!

Happy Thursday!

Organized Working Mom

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