Back when my now 8-year-old daughter was a toddler, I had a fantastic pediatrician who actually sat down with my to evaluate my daughter’s physical and emotional development. Rather than being rushed out the door so he can see the next patient, he took his time to talk to me and ask me questions about my child’s well-being, her milestones and our home environment.
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.