YES! So many of the families I have been with over the past several years are so focused on their toddler's eventual Ivy League acceptance that they forget to actually let their kids imagine and play. My current family does not read to their children - the kids have books, but they think reading is flipping through the pages themselves, and they show almost no attention span if I try to read to them. There is no CD player or family MP3 player in the house, so they get almost no exposure to child-appropriate music. Instead, the mother insists the 3-year old, who is not even in preschool, go through workbooks that are WAY too advanced for his ability, to the point where he becomes frustrated. When did parents stop letting children be children? My sister and I played music and read books from an early age and we both were exceptional students, and both have Masters Degrees. Not to mention that studies show that music exposure and early reading are integral to academic success and cognitive development.
The actual quote from Einstein is "First, give him fairy tales; second, give him fairy tales, and third, give him fairy tales!" when speaking to a mother on how to raise a scientific mind.
What an awesome quote! ~
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