How To Make A Better Student: Lighten Up, Folks

Are you piping Mozart into the crib and reading Dr. Seuss around the clock? Relax: to develop a baby's brain, more input isn't always better

A dozen of us sat in a circle on the floor with our babies, our attention focused on a woman strumming an autoharp. While none of us would openly admit it, the truth is we were all there hoping to give our children an edge. Why else would we sign up our newborns for a class called Sing 'n Dance? It hardly mattered that my eight-week-old daughter Rachel had not yet mastered holding her head upright and was nowhere close to rolling over. She was considered the perfect age for the weekly program that promised a meaningful learning experience through rhythmic...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!