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Volume #3 Issue #22
ISSN: 0219-7642 Aug 05, 2005
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Cup or Water?
A group of working adults got together to visit their University lecturer.
The Lecturer was happy to see them. Conversation soon turned into complaints
about stress in work and life. The Lecturer just smiled and went to the kitchen
to get an assortment of cups - some porcelain, some in plastic, some in glass,
some plain looking and some looked rather expensive and exquisite.
The Lecturer offered his former students the cups to get drinks for themselves.
When all the students had a cup in hand with water, the Lecturer spoke: "If you
noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the
plain and cheap ones. While it is normal that you only want the best for yourselves,
that is the source of your problems and stress. What all you wanted was water, not
the cup, but we unconsciously went for the better cups."
"Just like in life, if Life is Water, then the jobs, money and position in society
are the cups. They are just tools to hold or maintain Life, but the quality of Life
"If we only concentrate on the cup, we won't have time to enjoy the water in it."
I hope you enjoy this short inspirational story. Take care.
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How To Foster An Environment For Successful Communications With Your Child
By Dr. Charles Sophy
Parenting Confidence - Who Needs It?
by Frank McGinty
My daughter is 7 years old and she is in the 1st grade. She is held back a grade
because of the cut-off date required in her school. In Pre-K, she scored a 99 on
her Terra Nova Test. Since then she has been doing excellent in school.
I just moved and the new school hasn't shown much interest in her abilities.
What steps should I take in order to guide her to a more challenging education?
She finishes her homework in about 3 minutes. She is almost done with the 5th
Harry Potter book and she also reads Nancy Drew books and does book reports.
Besides these books, she reads many others. Her teachers and principal from
her old school told me that she belongs in the Gifted and Talented Programs,
but that doesn't start until 2nd grade. Please help!
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Challenging education for the gifted children here!
My 10 years old son displays over 20 of the signs of giftedness listed. I was
concerned he wasn't getting what he needed from the private school attended. He
complained of boredom and the teachers have called him spacey. Both parties were
frustrated. He is a straight A student.
I decided to get him tested about 18 months ago. He knew I was thinking about
changing schools and did not want to leave his friends. He is also a quiet
reflective child. The test results did not support giftedness verbal was 129 and
non verbal 105. I left the matter alone but again another frustrating year at school
while still maintaining his A average. I seem to be forever asking the teachers to
make accommodations for him. Most often I get the reply "all the other kids could
do it". What should my next step be. Note: we live in Fort Myers, Florida.
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Giftedness and reliability of IQ test scores here!
What can a teacher do to avoid a gifted learner from misbehaving and give examples?
A: Dr. Sandhu's answer on
how to handle misbehaving gifted children here!
* Editor's Choice
Aquadoodle encourages the creativity at the youngest age and it isn't
a pool or tub toy, but without water it's
no fun at all. It's just a drawing mat after all, but kids will like the novelty
of its disappearing colors. The 81 by 53-inch drawing mat is large enough for
several kids to doodle on at a time, using the included magic marker pens that
do not transfer color to other surfaces. Color from the pens appears when water
touches the mat; it then fades out without a trace in 60
seconds or so. That's it: no ink, no paint, and no mess.
Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius: Enhancing Curiosity, Creativity, and Learning Ability
Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D
Dr. Thomas Armstrong argues
that every child has the seeds of brilliance lying deep
within just waiting for an opportunity to blossom forth into
the world. More than 300 practical suggestions and
activities, Dr. Armstrong will show you how you can play a
pivotal role as a parent in helping your child to become the
natural geniuses they were meant to be.
Exercising the brain
thestar UK July 21, 2005
Records show that the brain is dynamic and that there are hundreds of effective ways to
stimulate the brain and bring about change.
Study: Smoking During Pregnancy Linked To ADD
TheIowaChannel.com Aug 1, 2005
The study says smoking exposes a fetus to high levels of nicotine. Nicotine can interfere
with receptors for a chemical called dopamine in a baby's brain. Dopamine, they say, is
essential for brain development. If the brain doesn't develop properly, disorders such
as ADD can arise.
Mercury and Tuna
Post-Gazette.com Aug 1, 2005
Matthew's parents "always thought fish was great. They knew it was high in omega-3 fatty
acids, which they understood could help brain development," the Journal relates.
But in the fifth grade, Matthew - formerly a good student began falling behind. He missed
assignments and labored at simple tasks. His fingers began to curl, and he could no longer
catch a football.... He had mercury poisoning.
Consuming Fish During Pregnancy Boosts Child's IQ
MedIndia.com Jul 25, 2005
Harvard University has revealed that children whose mothers during pregnancy consumed
low-mercury fish couple of times a week were more intelligent than children of those
mothers who did not.
Sleep deprivation eats into child development
Taipei Times July 31, 2005
A sleep-deprived child may appear the opposite of sleepy - so much so that he or she could
end up being wrongly diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder.
Want Your Child to be an Academic Star?
ArriveNet July 24, 2005
New Book Offers 98 Fail-proof Recipes for "Raising Your Child to Be Gifted". It takes the partnership of parents and teachers to
produce a high achieving student. New book offers suggestions, collected from parents
of gifted children around the world, on how to create a productive learning environment.
Bigger brains mean higher IQ, on average
Yahoo! Health Jun 16, 2005
People with bigger brains tend to score higher on standardized tests of intelligence,
according to new study findings.
IVF does not harm children's IQ
BBC News Jun 22, 2005
Fears that children born using a form of IVF introduced in the 1990s will suffer from
lower IQs are unfounded, say Belgian researchers.
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