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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #6 Issue #13
ISSN: 0219-7642 Mar 2, 2008
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My friend attended her eight years old son, Alex, year end prize
presentation was astonished to see that her son was getting the top
position in the entire class. But, the unexpected was yet to come!
There was a new honorary award instituted to recognize the most
helpful and considerate kid who helped other kids in their studies
as well as other school related activities. It was Alex, all the way again on tops!
The Head Mistress and the class teachers recognized his helpful and responsible behavior.
Now the big question is how did Alex become so responsible and helpful to others?
His parents never had any answers. There was a good streak of positive characters in
Alex's parents which they never understood in the first place. In reality, from my
personal observation, Alex's parents were unwittingly teaching
him the best possible mannerisms and a responsible behavior. In fact, there
was a silent reinforcement of good behavior in Alex's personality as he was growing up.
Developing a responsible behavior in your kid is a tough task and long drawn act. A kid who
has exemplary characters of responsibility and discipline will also be
neighbor's envy but parent's big pride! All the best!
Thought for today:
"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. " - Agnes Repplier
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Helping Your Kids to Develop Responsible Behavior
Parents can be good teachers as well, apart from being very good guides and mentors. There are a
number of good issues and topics that you can teach your child as a responsible parent. However, nothing
could be as important as teaching your kid good mannerism and an exemplary sense of responsibility.
How to Raise Responsible Kids: Tips and Suggestions
Training your kids to be responsible can be a great way to make them succeed in their life. Find the tips
and suggestion here!
Q1: I have identical twin boys that are 2 years 9 months.
Does it follow that if one is gifted, the other will also
be? I do spend time with them on learning (seems to be when
they are best behaved), but my observations include:
They were extreme sensitivity to sound when they were
babies. Someone sneezing, coughing or a phone ringing would
Counting to 20 by age 2, and reciting the alphabet. They
can now count to 100.
If I write down words randomly they have seen before in a
book or on a video, they recognize them.
Can construct 5 word sentences with ease, sometimes even
10 word sentences....
A: It is highly likely that if one of
the identical twins is gifted, they would be as well since they
share a 100% of their genetic material. Basically, the description
shows that they have most of the traits of gifted children, so you
have lots to do! You are on the right track just by observing and
being aware of their gifts... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Nurturing Gifted Twins here.
Q2: I'm a new educational psychologist and have a couple of
questions about WISC IV assessments. Hope you can help!
How soon after a child has been assessed can the WISC IV be used again to reassess?
Also, I have heard that you have to administer the complete
WISC IV for it to be valid (i.e. that you can't use a few
subtest just to get an idea as you can with the BAS II). Is this correct?
A: For readers not very familiar with
the WISC IV (revised in 2003), this is actually an updated version
of the previous test - the WISC III that tests IQs of children
between ages 6 and 16 years 11 months. This test consists of 10 core
subtests with five additional subtests. All of these are summed up
to four indexes which makes the full scale IQ (FSIQ) which ranges
from 40 (lowest) to 160 (maximum score) ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
IQ Testing: WISC IV here.
Discipline for Life: Getting It Right with Children
By Madelyn Swift
To those of you just opening this book and meeting Madelyn
for the first time-breathe a sigh of relief. There is much
common sense and good advice here: there is much caring,
love, and respect in these words; and most importantly,
there is Madelyn's wisdom and her faith in you. Believe in
it. Believe in your own ability.
It is a very refreshing breath of air to hear Madelyn speak
and then to read her book. This book should be read by
everyone in the nation. It is also a book that can tell you
why discipline is so important and critical in your kid's
life. It also tells you how you can change the life of your
kid to achieve better things in life and succeed in all
stages of activities. A must read book!
Who's In Charge Anyway?: How Parents Can Teach Children To Do
By Kathy Lynn and Barbara Coloroso
What do you do when your toddler throws a tantrum every time
you go to the grocery store? How do you handle a teenager
who wants to stay all through the night? And, how do you
teach kids to be polite? Experienced parent and workshop
leader Kathy Lynn has written a reassuring and helpful book
for every parent.
Her underlying message is that parents play a key role in
raising children with high esteem, solid character and
independence, but parents could also use a little guidance
too. Each chapter tackles a common parenting issue with
practical advice and a question and answer.
Infant feeding 'may affect brain'
BBC News Feb 20, 2008
London researchers found preterm babies fed enriched formula milk in
their first weeks consistently outperformed other premature babies
in IQ tests. Their latest study, published in Pediatric Research,
shows the benefits continue into the teenage years. It also found a
particular part of the brain is better developed in those given the
Smart Kids: High Protein Adds Points to Your Child's IQ
WDDTY Feb 21, 2008
A nutritious diet can make your baby smarter, a new study has discovered. Babies who are given a high protein diet
in their first four weeks have higher IQ's by the time they reach their adolescence. Researchers have discovered the
special diet also changes the structure of the bring. It increases the size of caudate nucleus that is associated
with higher intelligence. The caudate nucleus has its main growth spurt during the first four weeks following birth.
Playing, talking, reading stimulates baby's brain
ContraCostaTimes Feb 20, 2008
An infant's brain is primed for action. It is more active than an
adult brain, and it uses more energy. Soon after birth, billions of
brain cells -- called neurons -- begin to connect with each other to
create faster and more-efficient pathways within the nervous system.
Each individual neuron can make as many as 15,000 new connections.
The process kicks into high gear as soon as infants begin to
interact with their environment.
Parenting Class Improves Children's IQ
School Library Journal Feb 21, 2008
Children whose parents took an eight-week class in communication and child rearing techniques showed
a notable improvement in their cognitive abilities, says preliminary result of brain research by
University of Oregon scientists. Twenty eight low income preschool children ages three to five took brain scans
and standardized IQ tests and language exams. All fourteen of those whose parents had attended meetings
devoted parenting training showed an average of a six point improvement in their IQ scores, while 14
control group children whose parents received no training showed no significant changes.
Study shows stress affects brain growth
The Sydney Morning Herald Feb 18, 2008
CHILDREN who suffer deprivation in early life show altered patterns
of brain growth by the time they are teenagers, according to
research that documents for the first time measurable physical
effects of poor parenting and unstimulating home lives.
Breathing dirty air may lower kids’ IQ
Daily Times Feb 18, 2008
Kids who live in neighborhoods with heavy traffic pollution have
lower IQs and score worse on other tests of intelligence and memory
than children who breathe cleaner air, a new study shows.
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