From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on the hell of American day care: An investigation into the barely regulated, unsafe business of looking after our children (and more on the the national day-care law that wasn't); and raising children requires outsourcing: All parents do it, whether they realize it or not. Young children — even toddlers — are spending more and more time with digital technology; what will it mean for their development? Selling creativity to America’s kids: Why did we become obsessed with fostering childhood play? Look to the Cold War, says Amy Ogata. Marshall Poe interviews Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Science can now forecast the health risks of children before they are born — are we ready for that knowledge? "Tiger Mom” study shows the parenting method doesn’t work. Why should a discussion of children end up as a discussion of property rights? Noah Berlatsky wants to know.

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