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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #5 Issue #14
ISSN: 0219-7642 Mar 11, 2007
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With the new season of Desperate Housewives (America's favorite
nighttime soap opera) returns now every Monday night, my wife has
stressed that nobody (of course, her children and husband) should
disturb her during the air time of the show. I just don't get it.
What's so great about the show? Are men and women so different? Are
really process information differently? Here is a good example:
I asked him what was wrong - he said, "Nothing." I asked him
if it was my fault that he was upset. He said it had nothing
to do with me and not to worry.
On the way home I told him that I loved him, he simply smiled and kept driving. I can't
explain his behavior; I don't know why he didn't say,"I
love you, too."
When we got home I felt as if I had lost him, as if he
wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there and
watched TV. he seemed distant and absent.
Finally I decided to go to bed. About 10 minutes later he
came to bed. I decided that I could not take it anymore, so
I decided to confront him
with the situation but he had fallen asleep.
I started crying and cried until I too fell asleep. I don't
know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else.
My life is a disaster.
Today Man U lost to Arsenal. Shit...
Note: Man U and Arsenal are soccer teams in UK.
You have a great week. By the way, for those readers from Singapore, be sure you check out Dr. Sandhu's interview on Testing for Giftedness in 'Motherhood'
magazine March issue.
Thought for today:
" Life is like riding a bike. It is impossible to maintain your balance while standing still.
" - Linda Brakeall
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Positive Parenting: The Benefits That Last A Lifetime
By Michelle Bery
Raising children can be subjective and complicated. But there are
many hard and fast rules that seem to bridge the gap between a
myriad of parenting styles. Positive parenting - offering children
positive feedback for their achievements and efforts - can go a long
way towards raising positive, emotionally healthy adults.
Is Your Child Becoming A Praise Junkie?
By Michael Grose
Can parents praise children too much? For years parenting experts
have claimed that praise is important for children's self-esteem so
parents have immersed children in words of praise. But too much
praise can demotivate children rather than motivate them to extend
themselves and take risks.
The Power of Positive Parenting : A Wonderful Way to Raise Children
By Dr. Glenn I. Latham
This is a child-rearing manual that provides practical
methods for working with children. This instructional book
goes a long way in helping parents to resolve problems using
specific strategies for dealing with inappropriate behavior
of children. In general, it's a book about child-rearing
practices and how the management of consequences can be the
key to creating good home environment.
Rewards for Kids!: Ready-To-Use Charts & Activities for Positive Parenting
By Virginia M. Shiller, Ph.D
Dr. Shiller's method is to teach parents how to enter into
dialogues with their children so that the Reward Plans they
develop are customized to their own families and so that
both kids and parents are motivated to give them a try.
Instead of simply giving the adults rules to follow, she
provides explanations of the underlying principles so that
the parents themselves can learn how to address common
behavioral problems in a caring and creative manner.
Specific examples are given of such common battlegrounds as
struggles over bedtimes, picking on siblings, and homework.
She describes how to use humor and creativity in order to
enlist the cooperation of the children, so that they can
become able to experience the rewards of self-control.
'Brain-building' toys get taken down a peg
Boston.com March 5, 2007
The Academy of Pediatrics is not going so far as to tell parents
what toys to buy young children, but it would approve. "We like
simple toys that encourage imagination. That's when learning
occurs," says Kenneth Ginsburg , a pediatrician at Children's
Hospital in Philadelphia and lead author of the AAP statement on the
importance of free play.
Spending time supports child's brain development
Scoop Feb 23, 2007
Leading paediatricians say giving children time is especially
important for growth and development in the first three years of
life. New Zealand Brainwave Trust’s medical spokesperson Dr Simon
Rowley, says research suggests children who are nurtured, given
every opportunity to explore the world and enjoy a variety of
positive experiences, become flexible, empathetic and intelligent
members of society in later life.
Performance IQ and gene link confirmed
Record Mar 8, 2007
If you're particularly good with puzzles or chess, the reason may be
in your genes. A team of scientists led by School of Medicine
psychiatric geneticists has gathered the most extensive evidence to
date that a gene that activates signaling pathways in the brain
influences one kind of intelligence. The researchers confirmed a
link between the gene CHRM2 and performance IQ, which involves a
person's ability to organize things logically.
Your brain on music
NTimes Colonist Feb 25, 2007
Subsequent studies on the effects of playing music have shown it
also helps to develop linguistic, logical, mathematical and
co-ordination skills in children. Some of the leading research in
this area is taking place in Canada.
Link Between Morbid Obesity in Toddlers and Low IQ
Associated Content Mar 5, 2007
It is a well-known fact that obesity leads to health problems such
as diabetes, hypertension and elevated cholesterol. Recent research
suggests that there may be intellectual and cognitive effects as
well. Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered a
link between morbid obesity in toddlers and lower IQ scores,
cognitive delays and brain lesions similar to those seen in
Alzheimer's disease patients.
Moms who eat more fish have brainier babies
YobServer Feb 27, 2007
pregnant women who limit their fish and seafood consumption or eat
no more than three portions a week may be doing their unborn babies
more harm than good, increasing the risk of their children
developing poor verbal and social skills, according to a study from
the National Institutes of Health, in the USA.
ALPHA bets gifted can be identified at kindergarten
FortWayne.com Mar 5, 2007
I can tell you that any child who can read going into kindergarten
is going to have a problem in kindergarten. They’re going to be
bored out of their mind.
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