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Volume #10 Issue #13
ISSN: 0219-7642 December 11, 2011
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As we depart the last month of this year, we look back at those 12 months of parenting, its
hectic schedules, occasional chaos, moments of happiness, and glimpses of sadness. As we prepare
ourselves to enter the brand New Year, we try to analyze and evaluate our parenting methods and
techniques and their overall effectiveness. None of us is a perfect parent and each one of us
has one or the other weakness.
Our children are perfect treasures for us. They are the bundles of joy and merriment. They come
with unique challenges too. These challenges differ among different children. The way and manner
in which we handle them are quite different as well. The manner in which they grow and develop
is simply amazing. Suddenly, they grow and become independent with their own mind and expression.
The path to perfect parenting is challenging and rejuvenating. In the course of parenting
children, we ourselves, will become learned and endowed with a range of skills and abilities.
I hope that the year, that is soon to leave us behind, was fruitful, fulfilling and satisfactory.
In addition, I also hope that all the past newsletter issues were informative and helpful to you.
In the meantime, the next issue of the newsletter will reach you on Jan 8, 2012, as we all need
a Christmas and New Year holiday break to celebrate the goodness of Christmas and the New Year.
Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas! See ya next year!
Thought for today:
"No matter where you are in life right now, no matter who you are, no matter how old you
are - it is never too late to be who you are meant to be." - Esther & Jerry Hicks
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Ensuring Educational Achievement in Children - Understanding the Basics
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Ensuring Educational Achievement in Children - Practical Tips
Achieving excellence in education is an interesting topic. Educational achievement is
possible by integrating classroom lessons and project work with a range of other cognitive
skills. By using an integrated approach, parents could train their children to achieve
the best in classroom education. Read to learn more.
You Can Do It: How to Boost Your Child's Achievement in School
By Michael E. Bernard, Ph.D
Bernard, the founder of You Can Do It! Education, blends scientific data on pedagogy, personality,
and brain chemistry with practical tips on getting children to do homework, improve test performance,
set and reach goals, manage time, and achieve their potential. What parents do is key to their
child's achievement: certain parenting manners, such as calmness, firmness, involvement in education,
and using motivational methods, exert a positive influence on academic performance.
What children do--habits of mind such as risk taking, independence, optimism, high tolerance for
frustration, and internal locus of control for learning--is also key, contributing to happiness
as well as educational achievement.
Don't Miss the Bus! Steering Your Child to Success in School
By Mary Ann Smialek, Ph.D
Dr. Mary Ann Smialek has provided parents with an impressive resource to help their children
succeed in school. Don't Miss the Bus! is filled with practical, realistic advice that addresses
such important topics as motivation, discipline, homework, home-school partnerships, self-esteem
The "Stop! Look! Take Action!" section at the end of each chapter gives anxious parents instant
mini-lessons-quick suggestions that are effective and easy. The book also features "4 Steps
to Good Parenting," "Roadblocks to Motivation," "Homework Tips," "Test Taking Techniques," "Positive
Home-School Partnerships," and "Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences."
How to make a brainier baby
stuff.co.nz Dec 7, 2011
Feeding babies the right foods is a recipe for increasing their
intelligence, according to top scientists from New Zealand and
Australia who meet in Auckland this week to discuss the impact of
nutrition on developing baby brains. Iron, iodine, Omega three fatty
acids and vitamin D are being examined for their brain powers in
pregnancy, infancy and childhood.
What's Fishy About Fish Oil Pills in Pregnancy?
Huffington Post Nov 21, 2011
Kids whose moms ate fish more than twice weekly during pregnancy
were significantly less likely to have low scores on cognitive
tests. Low maternal seafood intake (two or fewer servings weekly)
was also associated with increased risk of suboptimum outcomes for
prosocial behavior, fine motor, communication, and social
High Childhood IQ Tied to Adult Illicit Drug Use
PsychCentral Nov 23, 2011
Having a high IQ may have its drawbacks: a new study finds that
highly intelligent children are more likely to try illegal drugs in
their teenage and adult years. The work is published in the Journal
of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Why gifted students can be so challenging
Washington Post Dec 02, 2011
What do Woody Allen and Steve Jobs have in common? Among other things (including brilliant, creative
minds), they both hated school and were discipline problems.
Is giftedness always a gift?
Irish Times Nov 29, 2011
WHAT QUALIFIES children as gifted? On paper, it means they're in the top 5 per cent of the population
when it comes to intellectual ability. It's a qualification the other 95 per cent tend to regard as an
advantage. But being gifted is not always easy.
Earliest years critical for good educational results
Tampa Bay Dec 06, 2011
90 percent of brain development occurs during the first five years of life, setting the path for all of life.
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