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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #4 Issue #14
ISSN: 0219-7642 Apr 2, 2006
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Few weeks ago, I read a thought provoking quote from the newspaper.
The mother-cum-agent of teenage singer/actress Lindsay Lohan said "I
want Lindsay to fail so she can succeed later!" I couldn't agree
more. As parents we must allow our children to fail on little things
when they are young. This is how they learn and grow. But parents
today have the tendency to do everything for their children in order
to protect them from 'failing'. These groups of children often can't perform
certain tasks because they know that their
parents will bail them out. As a result, they don't have many
chances to come face to face with failure. More often than not, they can't
handle failure appropriately when they grow up.
Failure is necessary for success. Have you ever heard of a company
called Traf-O-Data? That was the first company started by Bill Gates
and Paul Allen back in 1972 which was closed down after several
years. If Bill Gates had given up after Traf-O-Data, we wouldn't
have Microsoft today. We should help our children to embrace
"failure" and teach our children to learn to take risks instead of
play it safe. It is perfectly fine to fail because when they are failing,
they are learning. And if they are learning, they are growing. And growing is
really what life is all about.
The feature article "Failure - Boon or Burden for Children" in this
issue (which was published on BrainyZine about 1.5 years ago) may be
an interesting article to read again. Have a great week ahead. Take care
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Failure - Boon or Burden for Children?
By Dr. Elisa Medhus
As parents, we can raise our children to both welcome and learn from
the mistakes they will surely make during their lives instead of
being shattered by them. We can teach them to use their mistakes to
help them grow instead of allowing those mistakes to generate
external reactions that will make them wither. Only then can they
strive for personal excellence, which, when it boils right down to
it, is what we really want for them.
What are the levels of thinking for special children particularly
the gifted? What are the ways in determining their levels of thinking?
What are the limitations of the thinking of special children?
A: For gifted children, they usually
use higher levels of thinking skills in any form of their learning.
If taught these skills, they are able to think creatively, to
analyze, synthesize, apply and evaluate information. Continue to
read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Thinking Skills of the Gifted here.
I have a 5 year old little girl that I believe may be gifted. She is
extremely creative - for example, she will create her own dot to dot
drawings, she writes her own books and plays, and spends most of her
spare time drawing or creating something....
A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Signs of Early Creative Giftedness
My child is wonderfully smart this year as she got accepted
in a gifted and talented class. However, she is very
dramatic and sensitive. Also, she is very defensive and
would not let other help her. What is wrong with her or
that's how all smart kids act? How do I help her?
A: Gifted individuals can be very
different from one another, and no single individual will exhibit
all the distinctively known characteristics of the gifted.
Furthermore, these characteristics may be manifested in both
positive and negative ways. See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Distinct Characteristics of Gifted Children
I have a 27 month old son that my husband and I have always
wondered since he was just a few months old if he was a
genius....Everyone has always commented on how smart he is and how
we need to help him build on his education. We have noticed a change
in his behavior. He is slowing down a little bit now and seems to be
bored. We wonder if he is above the average in intelligence for his
age and we are not doing enough to keep him challenged.
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Slowing Down of Above-average Children
Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten : Build a Better Brain and Increase IQ by up to 30 Points
By David Perlmutter, M.D
A scientifically based corrective to the (ineffective at best, hazardous at worst) quackery vulnerable
parents can fall for, Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten includes important guidance on sleep,
nutrition, the proper role of TV and computers, and more. Using it can not only improve academic
performance but also reduce the risk of ADD, ADHD, and future chemical addictions.
Brain Development and Intelligence Linked, Study Says
Washington Post Mar 30, 2006
The scans showed that children with the highest IQs began with a
relatively thin cortex -- the folded outer layer of the brain that
is involved in complex thinking -- which rapidly grew thicker before
reaching a peak and then rapidly becoming thinner, said Philip Shaw,
the lead investigator. Children of average intelligence had a
thicker cortex around age 6, but by around 13 it was thinner than in
children of superior intelligence.
Boosting Baby's Brain Before Birth
Parents.com Mar 28, 2006
"Intelligence isn't entirely predetermined by genes," says Lise
Eliot, Ph.D., an assistant professor of cell biology and anatomy at
the Chicago Medical School and author of What's Going On in There?
(Bantam, 1999). "Your diet, your health, and even your emotional
state all influence the developing structure of your baby's brain."
To ensure that your child gets the best possible start, follow these
ten surprisingly simple steps.
Scientists show that children think like scientists
PhysOrg.com Mar 29, 2006
Even preschoolers approach the world much like scientists: They are
convinced that perplexing and unpredictable events can be explained,
according to an MIT brain researcher's study in the April issue of
'Bright' kids are those strong in areas we celebrate
Scripps Howard News Mar 30, 2006
When we think about it, a "bright" person is often one who fulfills
our own stereotypes of what individuals should attain. Once we hang
the "bright" label on them, however, we forget the original reason
we used and then expected the child to be brilliant in everything.
Just because someone is good at one thing does not mean that he or
she is good at everything. Each person is "bright" in a different
IQ test's age can help or hinder children
TwinCities Mar 20, 2006
Many school districts don't immediately buy the latest versions of
IQ tests when they're published. That's because they're expensive,
the old tests seem to work just fine, and their school psychologists
are used to administering and scoring the old ones. That can work
out to your child's advantage - or disadvantage.
What is an IQ? And who gets tested?
TwinCities Mar 19, 2006
What is an IQ? And who gets tested? Dr. Matt McGue, a professor of
psychology at the University of Minnesota, took time out to answer
basic questions about IQ.
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