All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.
– Many parents are confused by a new methodology taken on by several private schools that delays formal reading instruction until the 1st grade. One parent pulled her child out of a prestigious school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for fear that the elite institution was actually delaying her kindergartener’s growth, who had been reading since he was 18 mos. (NYT)
– Our own Mayim Bialik has been cheating on us blogging for the Today Show’s Mom blog, and this week she shared her thoughts on why the pace of her sons’ development does not need to be compared with the pace of any other child’s development. She also has some tips for raising polite, compassionate kids without drilling ‘please’ and ‘thank yous’ into their heads. (TodayMOMS)
– Did you know that there’s a business side of marriage? Paula Szuchman writes for the Wall Street Journal about how using basic economics lessons can result in a more blissful marraige. Two key points: Do the dishes and put out. (WSJ)
– The ever-impressive McSweeney’s franchise is taking on two things we love: food and kids. The San Francisco-based publisher will be launching a children’s book imprint with 10 titles already planned to be released this year, so keep an eye out for some lovely-looking, quirky books to read to your kids. (GalleyCat)
– An Israeli step-mother who married into a “ready-made family” full of all the expected drama that comes from dealing with an 8-year old, a 14-year old, and their mother, has found the perfect solution for some much-needed stress relief: a family vacation. (Tablet)