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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #6 Issue #9
ISSN: 0219-7642 Jan 6, 2008
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A brand new year, 2008, is here with us! I can hardly believe it -
2007 seems like just yesterday. How times fly by especially when you see
your kids growing up so fast with each passing year.
It is just amazing to watch how our kids transform their personalities and behavior!
This year, I bet many of you are making New Year's Resolution
probably related to health or financial. But, don't forget to make your family
the biggest and the most important priority in your life. Myself,
I'm resolving to try and make a sincere effort to understand my children, their personality and behavior.
And most importantly, be a more patient father and husband. Let me wish you the best and the brightest of 2008! Have a wonderful
Thought for today:
"Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction " - Annie Sullivan
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andrew @ brainy-child.com
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The Unique Challenges of Raising a Smarter Kid
Raising a socially responsible and intelligent kid could be a daunting task and a strenuous exercise.
It is very common to see parents struggling to raise their kids in a way that is good and satisfactory for
them as well as their kids. All parents want their kids to be very smart and intelligent. They also want
their kids to grow healthier and talented like all other children.
Supporting Your Gifted Child: Tips and Suggestions
Raising and nurturing a gifted child could be parent's tough task and a difficult exercise. Highly gifted kids
are too complicated and very difficult to manage and understand. In fact, these kids never come to you with a
readymade caring sheet! To support your gifted child and to manage his or her intrinsic capabilities, as a parent,
you will need to first learn and understand about gifted children, their special characters, and how one can identify
and streamline those characters to make them better citizens.
Q1: My 2nd son had his IQ tested at 6 years 3 months last March
(just 6 days after he went through a car accident caused by
him). Using the Weschler scale, it was 163. The psychologist
said that it should have been a little higher had it not
been for the recent traumatic experience. My concern is I
live in Jakarta and my son is currently enrolled in a Singapore
based school where enrollment is based on affordability rather than
competency.....Sending him to Singapore for the Gifted program is a
possibility but it may be detrimental to other aspects of his whole
character. But staying on doesn't put him in a challenging
environment too! What do you suggest?
A: It is true that some
experiences, especially traumatic ones may affect a child's
ability to perform, and this may well be the case for your
son. A retest can be done after two years for such tests.
Having said that, it appears rather obvious that he is above
average in terms of cognitive abilities, so you may want to
work on that ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Enrichment Activities for Gifted Children here.
I have a 5.5 year old daughter. She shows many of the signs
of giftedness. Her brother is gifted, and was recently
accepted to a gifted school. I would like to send her to the
school. I had her tested by the school with the WPPSI. She
scored a 120, which surprised me. She is however ambidextrous, and often flips direction type
of instruction. I am wondering if she did this on the test.
Her lowest score on the test was in the Performance IQ section, she had a PIQ of 110. She scored higher in the
verbal category, a VIQ of 124 ...
A: It has been suggested that
gifted children have greater specialization in brain areas
that control motor behavior and increased communication
between the two hemispheres. This may be true and there is
some evidence that children with high IQs have brains that
are slightly less lateralized ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Testing an Ambidextrous Child here.
Raising IQ: Help Your Children Reach Their Full Potential
By: Nancy Lu
A child's intelligence is just like a diamond in the rough.
Our job as parents is to discover and polish it so that it
shines to its fullest. The author emphasizes in this book
the intellectual capacities of the child, how to stimulate
his brain to its maximum possible development. With author's
guidelines and suggestions, it will help nourish and
maximize the innate intelligence and talents with your
child, which will later pave way for a fully productive
This book also offers you an array of tips and suggestions
to assist your kid to engage in highly creative and artistic
activities and workouts. A highly regarded book by all
parents, this book is a collector's edition and a parent's
essential guide to make their kids better and smarter. All
children have an innate potential and talent to become the
best in whatever they do. But, as a parent, you must
encourage and help your kid to make him understand his own
abilities and talents.
Parent's Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education
By: David Palmer, Ph.D
This book gives parents an insider's look at how the
selection process for special programs really work. It
answers questions such as how schools identify gifted
students and who gets tested and why. It also discusses the
question of whether gifted classes are right for your child.
It reveals what the signs of giftedness are and why every
parent should recognize the signs of this as well as
The book presents the common discussion of what an IQ score
means and if there is a downside to having a higher IQ and
if there are special programs available for gifted kids with
learning disabilities. This book is a must for all parents
and grandparents. It also a recommended book for school
teachers and to those who wish to learn more about
giftedness in children.
First Two Years of Child Crucial for IQ Development
NI Wire Dec 26, 2007
A recent study published in the journal Science says that a child's IQ depends on
the quality of family environment he gets in the first two years of life being the
most crucial. The team of researchers includes health professionals and child
from leading and famous institutions of the world. In many cases, the quality of parenting
provided by the parents also influence the way in which a child grows and behaves in
the later stages of life. Children raised in a cordial and helpful
atmosphere are known to
perform better both in academics as well as social behavior.
Can you boost your kid's IQ?
Blogspot Mar 15, 2007
The popular press likes to promote the idea of the pushy, hovering parent doing
everything possible to get a child into Harvard from birth--see all the talk of
Hothouse Kids and the like over past year. This is a misleading stereotype; most
parents are focused on simply getting through the day without major crises,
and have not developed a philosophy on why Baby Einstein is better than a Barbie.
Little geniuses need care too
Times News Services Dec 16, 2007
Academically and mentally challenged children are not the only ones that need much
more support than is being provided in India. And while small moves are being made
to nurture the giftedly enabled, another group of kids continues to suffer silently.
Yes, Most of us don't even think that gifted children need special attention too.
But the few people who are working in the field, say that gifted children form yet
another group that the society continues to treat unfairly.
We Must Stop Failing Our Children
NY Times News Dec 23, 2007
Researchers at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven say that 95 percent of all children
can learn to read relatively easily, regardless of whether they are rich or poor, bright or burdened
with low IQ. This is no empty statement; the non-profit institute has been at the
forefront of scientific research on speech language and literacy for decades.
Educational Toys at Top of Parent's Christmas Wish list
Beattie Communications Dec 17, 2007
With more than 80% of parents across the UK admitting that they intend to sneak
at least one educational toy into their child's Christmas stocking this year- it
appears that a visit from Santa will boost the IQ levels of the country's younger
generation, along with the festive spirit.
Kid's Health: Give your child a healthy start
El Paso Times Dec 24, 2007
Your bundle of joy can bring bundle of questions-- in particular, how do I take care
of my child so he or she grows up healthy and happy? While there is no perfect how-to
manual on the subject, there are a number of basic things that parents can do to help
their child thrive and be secure. In fact, parents can start making a difference in
their child's life the minute he or she is born.
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