Erika Christakis is the author of "The Importance of Being Little." She is a lecturer in early childhood education affiliated with Yale University’s esteemed Child Study Center. An honors graduate of Harvard College, she has a MPH from Johns Hopkins; an MA in communication from the Annenberg School (Pennsylvania); and a M.Ed. in early childhood education, and is a licensed early childhood teacher (pre-K through second grade) and preschool director. She penned a Time.com Ideas column for two years and her work on children and families has appeared in numerous outlets, including CNN.com, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Financial Times, the Atlantic and ABC's "Nightline."