How to Raise a Smart Fledgling

Parenting at its best:

Let your offspring have an extended childhood in a stable and loving home; lead by example; offer positive reinforcement; be patient and persistent; indulge even a near-adult offspring by occasionally popping a fresh cockroach into its mouth; and realize that at any moment a goshawk might swoop down and put an end to the entire pedagogical program.

New Caledonian Crows Owe Their Toolmaking Skills to a Nourishing Nest – NYTimes.com

I am helping raise a four year old. All good advice here, from New Caledonia, but I think I’ll stick to M&Ms and skip the cockroaches.

 

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