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Noteworthy news for parents of preschoolers

It isn’t every day that a book about early childhood education makes the bestseller list, but Erika Christakis’ “The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups” [Viking] has done just that.

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Farsighted preschoolers fall behind

A recent study showed that moderately farsighted preschoolers and kindergarteners lag behind on reading skills, creating both concern and controversy about whether they should be prescribed eyeglasses.

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Cool colors are hot trend

Color trends change almost as frequently as fashion trends and this year, according to Debbie Zimmer, a color and decorating expert for the Paint Quality Institute, interior paint colors will have a decidedly cool feel to them, with whites, off-whites and certain light pastels moving to the forefront. “After two straight years of dominance by gray wall color – often accompanied by deeply saturated secondary colors like purple, teal or rust – fashionable homeowners will switch gears and brighten things up in 2016,” Zimmer said. “Wall color will be lighter, featuring a lot of cool and calming hues.” Repainting walls, ...

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