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ISSN: 0219-7642 Nov 11, 2007
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Do you want to help your child develop self-esteem? The development of
positive self-image and self-esteem are also extremely critical to
ensure happiness and personal success of your children. Self-esteem
is all about how your child believes in herself, and her behavior
will clearly reflect those feelings.
You can help your children develop positive self-esteem. Your kind
words and actions can have a great impact on the behavior and
discipline of children. Children with a good measure of self-esteem
are known to achieve professional and personal success. In this
direction, I hope this issue offers some great tips to help your
kids develop better qualities of self image as well as self-esteem.
Take care and have a great week ahead!
Thought for today:
" The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. " - Chinese Proverb
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Building Healthy Self-Esteem in Our Children
By Chritine Carter
We hear from all the professionals, how imperative a strong self esteem in childhood really is, and there are
undoubtedly a lot of opinions about how best to achieve it. It is a significant part of being a parent, and parents play an
absolutely essential role in helping to promote a positive self-esteem in kids.
10 Keys to Children's High Self-esteem
By Michael Grose
Parents and teachers need a range of skills and strategies to help children develop a healthy self-esteem and
maintain it even when events conspire to really challenge them. Find out what are the 10 keys that children with healthy self-esteem do here!
Building Your Child's Self-Esteem
By Douglas Cowan Psy.D
According to researchers, most children enter school with a good sense of self-esteem, yet leave high school with a poor sense of self-esteem.
What happens in those years between starting school and finishing school? It is estimated that 25-35% of children have learning disabilities.
Q1: My 6 yr daughter just received the following scores on the WISC-IV test:
VCI: 124, PRI: 129, WMI: 110, PSI: 88, FSIQ: 120.
I have been doing some research and apparently the VCI & PRI
are much more indicative of giftedness. Is this true? If so,
is her IQ likely closer to 130 than 120? The psychologist
who tested her said she was 100% accurate but worked slowly
on the coding & symbol search subtests. My daughter is a perfectionist so this
does not surprise me. She has many gifted qualities. She also took the Woodcock-Johnson III
achievement test; her Academic Knowledge score was 133, placing her in the 99 percentile.
Is she bright or gifted? Would it serve any purpose to retest her in a few years?
A: These terms have long been
debated and sometimes used interchangeably. To determine the
differences between bright and gifted, the table in
can be particularly helpful. Approximately 68 percent of the population would score in
the average range of the scores on the WISC (85-115). Above
that range, individuals may be considered above average....Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Bright or Gifted here.
I have a 10 year old child. When she was in 3rd grade, her teacher
felt she should be promoted to 6th grade. This teacher wrote a
personal comment on her report card that my daughter was a "gifted
writer". Since they no longer promote out of the age group in NYC,
she went to 4th grade and had a very difficult year...I don't even
know how or where to get her tested to see if she is in fact gifted
and to what extent. Can you offer me any advice or guidance? I would
appreciate any help you can give me in trying to guide and educate a
very special little girl.
A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Resources for Parenting a Gifted Child here.
I have a 4yrs old son. I think he may be gifted (he is
exceptionally bright for sure). He matches most of the
characteristics of giftedness. For example: he was running by
9months, he started reading before 2yrs of age ...I am very
concerned and feel he is 'regressing' as he has learnt to hide his
abilities so as to 'fit in'. I have tried several times to speak to
his class teacher and other members of staff for 'accelerated
learning' to no avail.
A: If your son is indeed hiding
his abilities to fit in, this is surely a shame as from your
description, he does appear to have advanced skills,
especially in reading which is in fact one of the main
indicators for giftedness. As Dr Silverman mentioned "They
fit in by pretending to be less capable than they really
are, disappearing into the crowd.". Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Gifted Child hiding Abilities to "Fit In" here.
I recently had my 7 year old child tested for IQ as well as some
other tests. He scored in the low average range (84). I am convinced
that he is scoring poorly because of immaturity rather than actual
intelligence issues ...My questions are:
How much does development factor in to scoring these exams?
Would a less developmentally mature kid score lower than a mature kid?
Can these scores improve over time as the child grows?
How accurate are the tests at this age?
A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Developmental Maturity as an Influencing Factor on IQ Scores here.
Parent Talk: How to Talk to Your Children in Language That Builds Self-Esteem and Encourages Responsibility
By Chick Moorman
Language acquisition isn't just a toddler's job. Moorman takes parenting common sense-the notion
that affirming, loving speech is crucial to a child's growth and self-esteem to the level of a
"skills-based program" of parenting language in this earnest volume. It adds a great dimension
to the language of parenting, especially for those parents who want to build self esteem. Moorman
infuses the endeavor with humor, heart and thoughtfulness.
Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks for Developing Capable Young People
By H. Stephen Glen, Ph.D and Jane Nelson, Ed.D.
No parent can afford to ignore this groundbreaking work.
Researchers all over the world agree that helping children to
be self-reliant in their early life, so that they can face
any type of adverse situation. Self-esteem and self-image can
play an important role in molding young children. This excellent
book will help educators, parents and teachers to help children
cope with the intensive pressure exerted by different growing
and environmental conditions.
This critical and important book travels beyond important issues of
strictness and discipline to demonstrate parents and teachers, how
to develop their children's values of responsibility to responsible
and established standards of behavior.
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Oct 23, 2007
Every mother's dream is to give birth to a healthy baby...who just so happens
to off-the-charts intelligent. Studies show that there are actually things you can
do while pregnant that will boost your baby's brain activity before birth.
IQ's Rise, but are children really Smarter?
LA Times, Oct 27, 2007
James R.Flynn a Professor of Political Science at the University of Otaga in
New Zealand, discovered two decades ago, that IQ test scores were steadily rising
in the developed world, despite failing schools and stagnant standardized test scores.
Autumn Leaf-Pile Jumping Makes Kids Smarter
New West, Oct 21, 2007
According to the research done by Children and Nature Network and dozens of other
organizations- "Children are smarter, cooperative, happier and
healthier when they have
frequent and varied opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors"
The Popularity Game: Teaching Kids How to Cope
Health News Digest, Oct 3, 2007
As a parent, watching kids go through some situations is very difficult, sad and anger provoking.
Kids will come to me in counseling and tell that they sit all day in fear of a girl
embarrassing them or rolling their eyes at another girl about them.
Dr. Dobson: Quarreling kids want attention.
Northwest Herald, Oct 22, 2007
Sibling rivalry often represents a form of manipulation of parents.
Quarreling and fighting provide an opportunity for both children
to "capture" adult attention. It has been written: "Some children would
rather be wanted for murder than not wanted at all". Towards the end,
a pair of obnoxious kids can tacitly agree to bug their parents
until they get a response-even if it is an angry reaction.
Rush, Little Baby
Boston Globe Oct 28, 2007
The house, perched in a nice new development in an Interstate 495 belt town
looks like the home of any family of means with a little girl approaching age 3.
The den is dominated by by a giant, brightly colored sliding structure, the living
room art consists of framed photographs of said little girl striking various poses.
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