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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #5 Issue #18
ISSN: 0219-7642 May 6, 2007
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This issue going to touch on a topic that is so sensitive
that I'm too afraid to use an explicit email subject title in order
to prevent my newsletter from going to your junk mail folder.
So, there you have it - 'birds and bees' .... a strong indication of
a 'family friendly' content email that guarantee you to receive it!
Naturally, it will come to a point in time that the question will
pop up by your child "Where do babies come from?" that many
parents dread and few want to answer. Personally, I discussed quite
openly with my kids about the birds and the bees. At times there are
questions that were too hard to answer ....no, not what you think
..... My son asked question like "What happen if two sperms go
into the egg at the same time?” which was a pretty tough
question to answer ...;-)
Anyway, if you have not started telling your kids about sex when he
was around 3 or 4 years you may face some inertia to start
discussion. One of the methods I learn, suggested by expert on the
Internet, is that you may try to break the ice by telling your kids
about sex over phone … no kidding! Just be warned to watch out your
phone bill ...;-) Have a great week ahead!
Thought for today:
" People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances.
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if
they can't find them, make them. " - George Bernard Shaw
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Why Sex Education Determines What Type Of Person Your Child Will Grow Up To Be!
By Brian Lomas
Do you shy away from the sex questions your children ask? Do you
think fathers should answer the boys' questions and mothers, the
girls'? Would you prefer giving your child a book on sex education
rather than talking to them? Sex education has been proved to
determine what type of person your child will grow up to be. Read
Ten Tips on Talking with Your Kids about Sex
By Krista Bloom
Strategies for parents about how to talk with their kids about sex,
approaches to discussing the subject of sexuality, and the
consequences of not discussing sexuality with children and teens.
Provides communication skills, parenting skills, and sexuality education.
Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex, but Were Afraid They'd Ask: The Secrets to Surviving Your Child's Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens
By Justin Richardson M.D, Mark A. Schuster Ph.D
Packed with the latest research
on parenting techniques and childhood sexuality and filled
with helpful stories from real parents about what worked
(and what didn’t) with their kids, this authoritative volume
offers advice and comfort to anyone who is hoping to have a
productive dialogue with young people about sex. Whether
your focus is on protecting your teens from STDs or raising
your little ones to understand their bodies, this book is an
indispensable resource that is sure to leave you educated,
entertained, and relieved.
Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child
By John Gottman, Ph.D
This book in written for
parents of children of all ages. It is a guide to teaching
children to understand and regulate their emotional world.
An emotionally intelligent children will enjoy increased
self-confidence, greater physical health, better performance
in school, and healthier social relationships.
The authors identify a
five-step "emotion coaching" process to help teach children
how to recognize and address their feelings, which includes
becoming aware of the child's emotions; recognizing that
dealing with these emotions is an opportunity for intimacy;
listening empathetically; helping the child label emotions;
setting limits; and problem-solving.
What's our EQ?
The Daily Star Apr 23, 2007
Two factors identify a successful personality - IQ (intelligence
quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient). IQ is constant, and there is
not much we can do about it. However, EQ can be manipulated, and
depends a lot on the environment in which the children are brought
up, on what their parents teach them about life, and so on.
Schools to teach emotional IQ
All About You May 2, 2007
Emotional intelligence will be taught to the UK's teenagers from
September in a bid to improve the behaviour of the country's youths.
The Social and Emotional Aspects of Leaning (Seal) classes will aim
to improve classroom behaviour through teaching conflict-resolution
skills, anger management, respect and fair play.
What a brain!
The Star Apr 29, 2007
It goes without saying that maintaining good
health in the mother can only be good for the baby. Pregnant mothers
should have a well-balanced and nutritious diet supplemented with
vitamins. A special mention should be made of folate, one of the B
vitamins. This should be taken before and during pregnancy to
prevent maldevelopment of the brain and spinal cord in the
Nutrition expert says: "Eat more seafood"
Scoop Apr 27, 2007
Addressing delegates at "Aquaculture Today 2007" in Edinburgh last
week, Dr Crawford said marine fats played a key role in brain
development in evolutionary terms. "The brain still depends on the
same marine nutrients today for growth and development," Dr Crawford
said. "The marine food chain is by far the richest source of these
Scientists working on formula milk that prevents child obesity
Guardian Apr 23, 2007
British scientists are working on a baby formula which would
chemically restructure the metabolic system of children to ensure
they never became obese. Studies in mice have found that large doses
of the appetite-controlling hormone leptin during infancy
permanently prevent excess weight gain and reduce the chances of
type 2 diabetes.
Neurodevelopment & the Environment: Are Vaccines to Blame for Skyrocketing Childhood Illnesses?
American Chronicle Apr 28, 2007
Remarkable controversy exists on the safety and efficacy of
vaccinations in the United States. Research supporting vaccine
safety is scant yet crucial to the well being of every American
citizen. Since 1980 the amount of vaccinations required for children
began to rise quite dramatically. These vaccines contain various
toxicants including thimerosal, a mercury (Hg) containing
neurotoxicant, which may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders
such as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), autism, attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Environmental Illness (EI)
which are all on the rise.
Ban on homes close to pylons would cut child leukaemia says report
Guardian Apr 28, 2007
Banning the building of new homes and schools within 60 metres of
power lines is the "best available option" for reducing deaths from
childhood leukaemia and possibly other diseases, according to a
report from a government advisory group.
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