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News Roundup: Can Early Reading Be a Bad Thing?

All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.



- Priscila Gilman’s son started to read voraciously at 2 years old, which she chalked up to her and her husband’s literary mindedness. But at 3, he was diagnosed with a rare disorder called hyperlexia: the ability to read at an early age coupled with difficulty with social interaction and verbal communication. (NYT)

- In its first statement on the issue in 12 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new report stating most prescription drugs are safe for breastfeeding mothers, as well as most vaccines. (WSJ)

- Is school a prison and damaging to our kids? Yes, according to Peter Gray, whose research indicates that a traditional school setting may cause serious psychological damage (needless to say, he’s not a proponent of longer school years). (Salon)

- In the New Yorker, an interesting look at the “day camp boom,” which cites that over the past four years, the number of day camps in the U.S. has risen by 40%. (New Yorker)


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Molly TolskyMolly Tolsky is the editor of Kveller.com. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines including Lumina, MAKE, and The Collagist, and her non-fiction has appeared in The Jewish Daily Forward. She isn't a parent, but a very proud aunt. Follow her @mollytolsky.

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