Raising a Thinking Child through the Age of Magical Realism

By Shannon S. Moon

As a parent, one essential question illuminates my journey: How do I raise children who can think critically and yet maintain their sense of wonder about the world?

My oldest daughter, almost four, currently resides in what I call the Age of Magical Realism. The boundaries between what is real, what is fantasy, what is possible, what is probable—these are moldable, fluid. She is not alone. On a recent rainy day at school, cocooned inside, I looked up to see children: chasing monsters with drums and jingle bells; creating Picasso-esque dogs from paper bags; populating a “zoo” of lions, dogs, unicorns and Continue reading Raising a Thinking Child through the Age of Magical Realism