Decoding your child’s brain

August 31, 2009 § Leave a comment

Your baby looks up at you with eyes that appear so wise and caring, and you wonder: How much does she know? What does she feel? What’s going on in her mind?

For a long time, science could tell us little about the minds of babies and young children, and, as developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik points out in her perspective-expanding new book, “The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life,” philosophy shrugged at the subject as well. The last thirty years, however, have seen a revolution in our understanding of the way babies’ minds work — and why they work the way they do …

5 minute time out: Alison Gopnik (Babble)

Balancing two kids and one show

July 2, 2009 § Leave a comment

Campbell Brown greets me over the phone so warmly, she could be mistaken for my best friend. “Hey!” she exclaims, with a light Southern lilt. It’s that friendly approachability, along with a passion for getting to the heart of the news and some seriously killer cheekbones, that has propelled Brown from the field, where she’s reported on the Iraq War, the Bush White House and Hurricane Katrina, into the anchor chair on her own eponymous news hour. (Campbell Brown airs weekdays at 8 p.m. on CNN.) …

Interview: Campbell Brown (Babble)

Pretty music in tough times

May 12, 2009 § Leave a comment

Tori Amos has never shied away from thorny subjects. The outwardly lilting, inwardly wrenching songs on the ten studio albums the singer-songwriter has put out in her twenty-year career — her latest, Abnormally Attracted to Sin, is due out May 19th — have dealt with her own rape (“Me and a Gun”) and the three miscarriages she suffered (“Spark,” “Playboy Mommy”) before the birth of her daughter Natashya, now eight. Her gritty-pretty music also routinely reflects on sex and religion, topics that Amos, the daughter of a minister who’s also part Cherokee, has spent years exploring in her own life …

Interview: Tori Amos (

Dodgeball tips from Julianne Moore

March 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

Julianne Moore has played a porn-star mom, an incestuous mom and seriously miserable moms in films like “Boogie Nights,” “Savage Grace,” “Far From Heaven” and “The Hours.” In real life, she says, “I’m not really any different than any other working parent,” trying to balance career and family and to raise her kids — Caleb, eleven, and Liv, six — with a solid sense of their place in the world …

Interview: Julianne Moore (Babble)

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