The Truth About Children

Who Says Kids Don’t Come with a Handbook?

I know you want the best for your child!

But what if you’re not hearing the truth about what truly is best?


Do you feel like parenting is harder than it should be?

Are you confused and/or overwhelmed by the onslaught of parental advice coming at you?

Do you find all the messages and “conventional wisdom” exhausting and baffling?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I’m not surprised. After all, never has so much advice been available to parents!

And, in my professional opinion, never has so much of it been false!

In four decades as an early childhood education consultant, I’ve come to understand what young children really need. I know what the research tells us. And I know what child development dictates. I’ll break it down for you — and help you feel more empowered as a parent. I’ll help you ensure that your child is happy and thriving.

In my short (approximately 10-minute) monthly videos, I’ll tell you the truth about why:

  • you don’t have to worry if your child isn’t reading as early as some other child;
  • you don’t have to — and shoudn’t — keep your child entertained;
  • play matters more than homework;
  • providing “enrichment” is so much easier than you’ve been led to believe; and
  • much more!

Additionally, you’ll receive a PDF with the video transcript and slides, so you can refer to the information later. You’ll also have access to a private Facebook group where I’ll share what’s interesting and important for parents, and where you can discuss the topics I address with other members and me!

If you’ve ever heard yourself say that you wish kids came with a handbook, The Truth About Children is the program for you!



A video every month, plus a PDF with script and slides, and access to a private Facebook page.


$144 20% Discount

A video every month, plus a PDF with script and slides, and access to a private Facebook page. Receive a 20% discount when you pay annually!

ECE Licensing Plan


ECE professionals, this plan grants you license to share the program with your families – no matter how many you have!

About Rae

Rae Pica is an internationally known early childhood education consultant. Her mission:  to ensure that children have the opportunity to be children and that child development guides all of our practices with them.

She is the award-winning author of 21 books, including What If Everybody Understood Child Development? and What If We Taught the Way Children Learn? She’s convinced she has a “writing disease” and is currently working on her 22nd book, Spark a Revolution in Early Childhood Education: Speaking Up for Yourself and the Little Ones, to be published in the fall of 2022.

An active blogger and online course creator, Rae is best known for her lively and informative presentations – both virtual and in-person – for educators and parents.

Rae has written for Huffington Post and serves as an expert contributor to 30Seconds, a media platform providing information and inspiration to women on the go, and to the TODAY Parenting Team.

As a consultant, she has shared her expertise with such groups as:

  • Sesame Street
  • Nike
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Gymboree
  • Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues
  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • Canadian Broadcast Corporation
  • Hasbro
  • Mattel

Praise for Rae’s Work

Melissa Warner, Parent

“Your book reassured me that it is OK for me to let [my daughter] be a kid and not give into the super kid’s mentality many parents have. THANK YOU!!!!”

Jane Richardson, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator, Alexandria City Public Schools

“It was a wonderful morning of learning and the teachers loved your presentation. Thank you for sharing such a powerful message!”

Ed Cosentino, President, Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals

“Thank you for an amazing presentation about child development! Excellent information to kick off our virtual conference.” Ed Cosentino, President

Celeste Tarrant, Lead Preschool Teacher MSSU’s Lion Cub Academy Joplin, MO

“Thank you for all your encouragement, sense of humor and WEALTH of knowledge!!!! I had been experiencing some serious \”burn out\” and felt as though I needed to get out of the field. You were inspiring and helped me look at my teaching methods and where my frustration was really coming from… You will never…

Shelley Butler, Field Guide to Parenting

“I absolutely LOVED your book–this message is so very important. There have been a couple of other books on the subject, but yours was better researched and covered the topic more fully and clearly!”

Valerie Trimble, ECE Professional

“This is the best child development book I have ever read! This book is straightforward and applicable. My favorite part of your book is the section, “What’s a Teacher to Do?” The advice given in these sections is extremely useful in the classroom. it is so refreshing to read a book that gives practical application…

Diane Ravitch, Research Professor of Education

“What a pleasure to read common sense wisdom about what young children need!”

Chris Dreher Napa, California

“You are truly a blessing to children and their caretakers.”

Eric Jensen, Jensen Learning

“You are truly a service to all educators. What a gift you are!”