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"Happy Mother's Day", my second son eagerly gave her mother a
'necklace' he made at his kindergarten the other day. If you have
kids in kindergarten, I believe you too will receive a handmade gift
that touches your heart. That's the loveliest bond between a mother
and a child. But as they grow older, will you lose that 'connection'
with your child? At the moment when the umbilical cord was cut, I believe another 'invincible'
connection is immediately formed between the child and the mother. Do you
still have that 'invincible' connection with your mother?
After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman
out to dinner and a movie. She said, "I love you, but I know this
other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you."
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my mother, who
had been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my
three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.
That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.
"What's wrong, are you well," she asked? My mother is the type of
woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation
is a sign of bad news.
"I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you," I
responded, "Just the two of us." She thought about it for a moment,
and then said, "I would like that very much."
That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit
nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too,
seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her
coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she
had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from
a face that was as radiant as an angel's.
"I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they
were impressed," she said, as she got into the car. "They can't wait
to hear about our meeting."
We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice
and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After
we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large
Half way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting
there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips. "It was I
who used to have to read the menu when you were small," she said.
"Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favor," I
During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation---nothing
extra-ordinary but catching up on recent events of each other's
life. We talked so much that we missed the movie. As we arrived at
her house later, she said, "I'll go out with you again, but only if
you let me invite you."
"How was your dinner date?" asked my wife when I got home.
"Very nice; much more so than I could have imagined," I answered.
A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It
happened so suddenly that I didn't have a chance to do anything for
Some time later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant
receipt from the same place mother and I had dined. An attached note
"I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I could be there;
but nevertheless, I paid for two plates--one for you and the other
for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me. I
love you son."
At that moment, I understood the importance of saying "I LOVE YOU"
in time and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve.
Nothing in life is more important than your family. Give them the
time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till "some
Happy Mothers Day!
Publisher & Editor, BrainyZine
andrew @ brainy-child.com
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Balance Your Roles: Partners vs Parents
By Kathryn Sansone
It is important to keep a healthy balance between thinking of ourselves as both partners and as parents.
Find out different ways to achieve the right balance here!
By Micheal Grose
The topic of raising boys is still a big interest to parents. It is
no secret that many parents struggle when it comes to raising or
even teaching boys. Boys are easy to raise and teach as long as you
understand the trigger that motivates them.
Could you tell me why I should or should not reveal my child's IQ
score to them? I have someone that would really like to know, but
most psychologist advice against this. I just want to know the
reasoning against this, since one of the number one gripes of gifted
kids is that they don't know what it means to be gifted and that
everything about it is almost secretive.
A: Usually, psychologists do not
encourage revealing IQ scores to children, unless there is a good
reason to, which is not very common apart from perhaps curiosity on
the child's part. Continue to
read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Revealing IQ scores here.
My daughter is now 6. In 1st grade she tested in the 99th percentile
across the board with Terra Nova and PALS 100%. Should I work on
having her skipped again? Should I stop teaching her more advanced
material although she wants to do it, or move to accommodate her
need to learn at a more advanced rate?
A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Skipping A Grade
I have a 4 years old son who sometimes seems very intelligence yet
sometimes seems very slow. He has very specific interest in
construction equipment. He reads, observes and studies them. He can
name almost all the construction machines and explain the
differences between one to the other....He doesn't like cartoons or
any fairytale stories like most of his age of kids do, he doesn't
like drawing or coloring, either. His speech and language is a
mess... I wish to have my son tested and would like to find out from
you the best age of doing an IQ test.
A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
Appropriate Age for IQ Testing
I am writing because my oldest son is 3.5 years old I am believe he
may be gifted. He has been able to speak in sentences and carry on a
conversation since about 1.5 years of age. He has a comprehension
that is unbelievable ... Now the reason I am pondering getting him
tested is that me and my mother were both evaluated as children and
both of us were gifted. We both had a hard time in school even
though there was more opportunity for me...
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Testing for Giftedness
Feeding the brain
TheStar Apr 30, 2006
There is no doubt that good nutrition is crucial for building a
healthy brain. Important nutrients such as essential fatty acids,
amino acids, glucose, vitamins and minerals and water are necessary
for maximum brain growth and performance.
Emotion beats IQ
Sunday Times Apr 30, 2006
PERTH parents are giving their children lessons in how to get along
with others and stand up to bullies by boosting emotional
intelligence, or EQ, which is overtaking IQ as a measure of future
Stress and motivation in learning
TheStar May 7, 2006
BRAIN-based learning is the informed process of using a group of
practical strategies based on sound principles derived from brain
research. It aims to help children learn according to how the brain
learns best – naturally. It is a borderless approach to learning,
crossing and drawing upon multiple disciplines such as chemistry,
neurology, psychology, sociology, genetics, physiology and
nutrition. This holistic and multidisciplinary approach increases
the learning potential of every child.
More boys finding they're ahead of the game when they're held behind
South Bend Tribune May 9, 2006
Some also have been influenced by research indicating that boys
typically mature at a slower rate than girls in key school readiness
areas such as language and fine motor skills. About 11 percent of
American boys entered kindergarten a year late in the 1990s,
compared with about 6 percent of girls, according to the most recent
Why Are Some Girls Maturing So Early?
KATU 2 May 8, 2006
Most parents would agree that kids are growing up fast these days,
but it may surprise you that doctors and scientists agree as well,
especially when it comes to girls.
New DVD Series Helps Healthcare Providers and Families Improve Brain Development in Preterm Infants
Yahoo! News May 10, 2006
Vida Health Communications, Inc. today released a new program series
to help educate healthcare providers and families about care
practices that improve developmental outcomes in preterm infants.
The new series, called Promoting Preterm Infant Development, is
based on research proving that long-term health outcomes for preterm
infants are better when developmentally sensitive care practices are
employed in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
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