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Volume #9 Issue #16
ISSN: 0219-7642 Feb 20, 2011
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Humor can infuse a fresh breathe of air into an otherwise dull
personal and family life. However, it seems that most families around the world are missing
this vital ingredient of life. whatever has happened to our sense of
humor? Why families and parents are missing this vital aspect of life?
Humor is as important as any other aspect of life. Starting the day with
a healthy round of humor can easily keep the entire day fresh and interesting. Humor can easily
turn a dull day into an energizing one. Have a great laugh today!
Thought for today:
"A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the
tightrope of life." - William Arthur Ward
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Effective Communication with Children - Learning the Basics
Communication is the basic essence of life. Better communication is an important tool for life success.
Effective communication is also critical for everyone including your children.
Effective Communication with Children - Techniques and Tips
Teaching communication skills to your children should be a top priority,
because it is a tool that will help them perform better in their classroom and out of it. Parents could use
several techniques and methods to train their children in the art of effective communication.
Q1: My son is 6 years old. He is 1
grader in a gifted school. Basically, he is a smart and shy boy and
like to be challenged. But he is a bit mature than the boys at his
age and always criticizes himself. For example, I got his grade
progress last week and he had highest score at every parts like
achievement, behavior, homework, effort... I was very happy to see
the progress report and told him he is a best student and I am
really proud of him. But he looked very calm and said there will
always be some one better than him and he cannot be the best. He
said he was not good at raising his hand to ask and answer the
question although he wants to ask question or he knows the answer...
A: Researches on gifted children have
indicated that a good number of them are introverted, shy and
sensitive due to their heightened awareness of self and others. It
sounds like your son may be an introvert. It is popularly believed
that introverts are asocial, friendless loners who lack social
skills. But this is simply untrue. They just happen to have
different social needs and preferences .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Gifted and Introvert here.
Q2: I am a parent of a gifted child.
Every test that my son (Tyrone Ferguson) has every taken he has
exceeded the standards, Scoring highest in math and science. He has
been in accelerated classes since the 4th grade.
He has always been very unorganized and it is a growing concern of mine
because it continues to hinder him, it causes him to be very forgetful.
A: Yes, it is a fact that gifted
children can be quite disorganized. This is due to the quick paced
minds of these children cognitively, making them busy thinking over
thousands of things at one time. This reflects in their actions and
behavior and you may even find that their rooms can be very
disorganized. ...Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Gifted and Disorganized here.
Q3: I have a 8 year old son and 4 year old daughter. My
son has been studying in Australia for 2 years and my daughter was only
attending preschool for 1 month. Her teachers in her school loved her
for being smart. Now she is in one of the International School in Klang,
Malaysia in term 2010 she hardly attended complete 1 month class because
she couldn't adjust to weather and was falling ill frequently. But in
her term 1 the 1st week of school, her teacher commented that she wants
to answer, raise her hand up always even she doesn't know the answer and
she said she is very active and socializing is good but no
A: I clearly see a cultural adjustment
issue here. While Australia has gone rather deep in research and practice in Gifted Education, Malaysia
is still relatively new in this area, more so for younger children as
the attention and focus is for older kids. Unfortunately, this is a
setback for your daughter as teachers in Malaysia are hardly equipped with
awareness of giftedness, let alone training on how to handle such
kids..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Impact of Cultural Differences on a Gifted Child here.
Between Parent and Child: The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child Communication
By Dr. Haim, G. Ginott and Alice Ginott
Over the past thirty-five years, Between Parent and Child has helped millions of parents around
the world strengthen their relationships with their children. Written by renowned psychologist
Dr. Haim Ginott, this revolutionary book offered a straightforward prescription for empathetic
yet disciplined child rearing and introduced new communication techniques.
In this revised edition, Dr. Alice Ginott, clinical psychologist and wife of the late Haim Ginott,
and family relationship specialist Dr. H. Wallace Goddard usher this bestselling classic into the
new century while retaining the book's positive message and Haim Ginott's warm, accessible voice.
Helping Children to Improve Their Communication Skills: Therapeutic Activities for Teachers, Parents and Therapists
By Deborah M. Plummer and Alice Harper
For many children, the act of communication which most of us take for granted can be a struggle,
and communicating with others can become something to fear rather than enjoy. This creative book
is full of fun and imaginative ideas to help children aged 4-11 with a speech or language delay
or disorder to develop their communication skills.
It is packed with activities and games specifically tailored to help develop skills such as articulation,
vocabulary development, breath control, conversation skills and non-verbal communication. Tips for
personalizing and shaping the activities are also provided.
Exercise makes kids smarter
Health 24 Feb 14, 2011
When overweight, sedentary kids start to exercise regularly, their ability to think, to plan and even to do
math improves, a new study suggests. In addition, exercise was linked to increased activity in the parts of
the brain associated with complex thinking and self-control, according to brain imaging scans analyzed by the
Healthy diet 'boosts childhood IQ
BBC Feb 08, 2011
Eating chips, chocolate and cake may be damaging to a child's intelligence, according to researchers at Bristol
University. Their study suggests a link between a diet high in processed foods and a slightly lower IQ.
Language education is critical for developing brains
Concord Monitor Jan 29, 2011
We are language-learning machines. Brain study has shown that the greatest amount of the brain activity happens
in the earliest years of the child. His primary activity, in which he is practically guaranteed success by design,
is language acquisition.
Video Games Promote Brain Development in Kids
Suit 101 Feb 05, 2011
There is growing scientific evidence to indicate that playing video games may actually be beneficial for a
child's brain development. Games such as Super Mario Bros., which were widely considered violent, have
in fact shown benefits in terms of developing a child's sharp responsiveness and creative activity of the brain.
Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child From Zero to Five
Vegas Mike Feb 05, 2011
John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to
and organizes information. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for
Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School - a provocative book that takes on the way our schools
and work environments are designed.
For Kids, Self-Control Factors Into Future Success
NPR Feb 14, 2011
Self-control keeps us from eating a whole bag of chips or from running up the credit card. A new study says
that self-control makes the difference between getting a good job or going to jail - and we learn it
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