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Volume #3 Issue #16
ISSN: 0219-7642 May 13, 2005
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Today, I would like to share with you this 'old' story that
probably most of you had heard before. But, there is no harm to
read it again and may be you will have different reflection this
point in time. Here you go ......
"A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and a
four-year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his
eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate
together nightly at the dinner table. But the elderly
grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating rather
difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he
grasped the glass often milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son
and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We
must do something about grandfather," said the son. I've
had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the
floor. So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.
There, grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family
enjoyed dinner at the dinner table. Since grandfather had broken
a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. Sometimes
when the family glanced in grandfather's direction, he had a
tear in his eye as he ate alone. Still, the only words the
couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork
or spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with
wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What
are you making?" Just as sweetly, the boy responded,
"Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and mama to eat your
food from when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and
went back to work. The words so struck the parents that they
were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks.
Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. That
evening the husband took grandfather's hand and gently led him
back to the family table.
For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And
for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any
longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth
soiled. Children are remarkably perceptive. Their eyes ever
observe, their ears ever listen, and their minds ever process
the messages they absorb. If they see us patiently provide a
happy home atmosphere for family members, they will imitate that
attitude for the rest of their lives. The wise parent realizes
that every day that building blocks are being laid for the
Let us all be wise builders and role models. Take care of yourself,
... and those you love, ... today, and everyday! - Author Unknown"
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Children and Anger
How can you help your children deal with their anger?
If a 23 month old male likes to line his toys up in neat rows,
does that say anything decisive about that child's make-up for
See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on behavior
of arranging objects in neat manner here!
My son will be 10 in two weeks and is in the 4th grade. His
teacher tells me that he is having trouble getting started w/
his work in the am. He is in the gifted program and scored
either 2-3 points away from genius level. He is also very lazy
about turning in his work. He has an A-B average w/ a few zeros
averaged in. His teacher also said that he has no urgency to
turn in work and sometimes does not finish all of his work. Last
year in 3rd grade he was tested in reading and scored freshman
level, but his teacher said that is as high as the test scored.
Does he sound like he is ADD or just bored?
See also Dr. Sandhu's answer on the Gifted
Help your child with Brain Gym
NWANews.com May 2, 2005
Brain Gym involves simple exercises that re-pattern neural networks in the brain through movement.
These neural networks link both sides of the brain to help whole brain function and communication.
Junk food diet 'makes children badly behaved'
Daily Mail May 3, 2005
Diets high in processed foods are causing bad behaviour and learning difficulties in children,
scientists have warned. They claim junk food stops the brain working properly, leading to
underachievement and a host of disorders.
Heavier Kids Face Health Dangers Early
Health risks usually associated with middle-age spread can be seen in obese children as young as
age 4, and new research suggests these problems occur with more frequency and severity depending
on the degree of obesity.
Mercury levels may poison our children
Newsday.com May 1, 2005
Methyl mercury, found in fish, has been shown to alter the construction of structural components
of the brain called microtubules and influence the development of neurons. Mercury readily crosses
the blood-brain barrier.
Adult and child brains perform tasks differently
Washington University in St Louis May 11, 2005
Children activate different and more regions of their brains than adults when they perform word
tasks, according to investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Right from the beginning
ExpressIndia May 5, 2005
Thyroxine is extremely essential for brain development in first years of life. Brain development
is complete by five years of age. If the infant lacks thyroxine in these early years then along
with the physical stigmata of hypothyroidism the most devastating feature is mental retardation.
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