One of the things he said (and it’s something I’ll remember forever) is to not push my child into reading and writing too early. He specifically said that teaching our children to jump hoops academically is meaningless – because with the exception of learning foreign languages – kids don’t really start learning until the second grade. He said that while it’s important for parents to read to their children, don’t push them to do it on their own. There is a huge difference between learning to read and learning reading comprehension.
Unfortunately we’ve since moved and no longer see him, but man do I miss him. Every parent out there will tell you that it’s sure hard finding a good pediatrician who really cares out there.
With that being said, there’s a new report that lists the 25 most important words that your kids should know by the age of 2. Before we get into it, here they are: