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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #11 Issue #12
ISSN: 0219-7642 Nov 11, 2012
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Different parenting terms like "demanding mom", "aggressive parents",
"tiger mom" or "ruling parents" have found their way into the domain
of everyday parenting. However, the most intricate question that often troubles many parents
is much thought provoking too. Does excessive parenting, which borders on creating more
difficulties for children than actually helping them, is good or bad. Does it really help
both children and their parents?
Aggressive parenting might not work at all! Rather, it is counter-productive in nature and it
might even spoil the career of a child. So, what works best for a parent? "Erudite
parenting" or "intelligent parenting" are optimal in nature because it involves
parental love, affection, just enough discipline, involvement and responsibility. A parent that
respects children's freedom and autonomy is an intelligent parent. A parent who sets measurable
expectations for her children is an informed parent.
Past and present research studies indicate that intelligent parenting as described above help
raise children who are academically, socially, psychologically and professionally superior and
secure than the ones who grow under an authoritative parenting regime. What type of parent are
you? An honest assessment and self-evaluation of your parental attitude might help you very much,
In the meanwhile, you can self-evaluate your parenting style by taking some simple quizzes and
Have a nice day!
Thought for today:
"You've only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you've got!" - Unknown
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Q1: My 9 year old son just took the WISC IV and the Stanford Binet
Intelligence Scale section for Quantitative Reasoning. His school is
telling me that he is not qualified for excel classes. I do not
understand their reasoning. I also feel there is a need for more
testing due to the big difference between PRI, VCI and WMI, PSI. Through
researching about this type of IQ test, I have found that when there is
a big difference between the four categories (verbal, perceptual,
working processing) that additional testing is needed. Am I correct?
A: It is unclear on the kind of results
you were expecting. Is your son showing signs of superior
intelligence in an area but is not reflected in the scores? Based on
the standard norms, his full scale IQ score is in the average range
(90-109). His WMI and PSI are in the above average
range; however brought down by his VCI and PRI scores.....
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Discrepancy between Subset Scores on the WISC-IV here.
Q2: My 8 year old son is diagnosed with
communication disorders. High functioning child learning in a
regular class. Third grade. Since early childhood he showed up sighs
of high abilities such as: 6-7 months he liked particular TV program
teaching young children colours, shapes and so on.. At first I
thought he was just watching...without understanding. I quickly
realized that he started to learned to say numbers, letters,
colours...at age of 6-7 months!! and identify it on the screen....
A: There are a lot of questions in mind
regarding what you have written. I would require much more details
to be able to advise here but I would try my best with what is
described. From your letter, I am able to determine that your son is
indeed highly advanced and possibly twice exceptional (gifted with a
disability). His abilities as an infant are very advanced especially
if it is self-learnt.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Highly Able Child with Communication Disorder here.
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
By Daniel J. Siegel M.D, Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D
In this pioneering, practical
book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and parenting
expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and
aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child's
brain is wired and how it matures. The 'upstairs brain',
which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under
construction until the mid-20s. And especially in young
children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over
the logic of the left brain.
By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can
turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to
integrate your child's brain and foster vital growth. With
clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing
with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help
you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain
Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and
intellectual development so that your children can lead
balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home
By Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
This educational bestseller has dominated its field for the last decade, sparking a
homeschooling movement that has only continued to grow. It will instruct you, step by
step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from
preschool through high school.
Two veteran home educators outline the classical pattern of education—the
trivium—which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind.
With this model, you will be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing,
history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music,
regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects.
What's the difference between these two brains?
The Telegraph Oct 28, 2012
Prof Schore points out that if a baby is not treated properly in the
first two years of life, the genes for various aspects of brain
function, including intelligence, cannot operate, and may not even
come into existence. Nature and nurture cannot be disentangled: the
genes a baby has will be profoundly affected by the way it is
Foods that help improve your IQ
Deccan Herald Oct 25, 2012
In a recent study conducted by University of London, researchers
have come to the conclusion that children growing up on fast food
are likely to develop a lower Intelligence Quotient (IQ) in
comparison to those who take freshly cooked meals.
How to boost your baby's brainpower
Sowetan Live Oct 15, 2012
We all want our kids to be intelligent - not geniuses, but bright
enough to do well at school and thrive later in life.
To a certain extent (about 50%) their genes determine the level of your son or daughter's intelligence.
But the other 50% is, rather frighteningly down to you.
Just 10 books can help children develop
IOL Oct 25, 2012
Children whose homes are filled with books don't just have the fun
of being read to. They also enjoy the benefits years later. A study
has found that if just ten children's books are to hand when a child
is four, a part of their brain involved in language and thought
matures more quickly by the age of 18 or 19.Access to educational
toys and trips to the zoo and amusement parks also help.
Baby signing classes 'fail to boost toddlers' language skills'
The Telegraph Nov 03, 2012
Academics claimed there was no evidence that the lessons - in which
babies are taught simple gestures to communicate their everyday
needs - enable children to talk quicker than their peers. In a
three-year study, it was claimed that the strategy could make
mothers more responsive to their children's non-verbal cues but
failed to actually boost infants' vocabulary.
Parenting Prodigies Is Less Fun Than It Looks
NY Times Oct 31, 2012
"How Do You Raise a Prodigy?" Andrew Solomon asks in The Times Magazine. For years, he has
been exploring the world of children who are not just gifted, but prodigiously gifted
- a difference "so evident as to resemble a birth defect."
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