We all want to raise our children to be good people with strong character and in a recent national parent survey, an overwhelming majority believe that in today’s social media-focused world, nurturing positive character traits in children is more important than it used to be. Still, nearly half of parents (48 percent) think preschool is too young for children to start learning critical social-emotional skills, like generosity, getting along with others and compassion. Why? Are parents ignoring key learning years for their child’s well-being?
Join Pediatrician and Parenting Expert, Dr. Laura Jana as she talks to Michigan Mom Living readers about the above topics and also:
- Empathy, courage, cooperation, honesty and generosity – at what age children are able to start learning character development skills
- Why a child’s IQ is no longer enough to measure school preparedness
- Steps parents can take at home to help young children learn big life lessons
Check out interview on video below:
Dr. Laura Jana is a board-certified pediatrician and proud mother of three, health communicator and award-winning parenting and children’s books author. She currently serves as Director of Innovation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. Having first received a BS Degree in Cellular-Molecular Biology, Dr. Jana earned her MD from Case Western Reserve University and completed her pediatric residency at UCSF and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. In addition, she has provided health and lifestyle advice to media outlets nationwide, including The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America, PR, Time, People, The New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Jana serves as a media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has served on the national Executive Committee for Early Education and Child Care.