Meet our experts
Some people say parenting is intuitive and that parents are the best experts when it comes to their own kids. Others love to read the latest how-to parent guidebook as soon as it’s available on their smartphones. But wherever you fall on the parenting continuum, we’ve all been there, wide awake at 3 a.m. wondering how our beloved child will fare in the upcoming school year.
What would a parenting expert say if you texted them at dawn to ask for advice? Should you tell the kindergarten teacher about your child’s after-school sob fest? Or FaceTime your college freshman because you’ve seen signs that all is not well?
Thankfully, we’ve got a few parenting experts on speed dial. We asked them the questions so that you don’t have to. On our roster: Meghan Leahy, a certified parent coach and “Washington Post” columnist; Ross Greene, a clinical psychologist and author of several books, including “Lost at School” and “Raising Human Beings”; and Jessica Lahey, an educator and author of “The Gift of Failure” and the forthcoming “The Addiction Inoculation.”
We sent them our top school-year-related questions for each age group. Here’s what they had to say.