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Volume #11 Issue #16
ISSN: 0219-7642 Jan 20, 2013
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Extending on last issue's New Year write-up, this fortnight's editorial hopes to give some
thoughtful inputs that might help parents do a lot and achieve plenty on the way. Parenting
is a never-ending and ongoing process that constantly improves and fine-tunes over day and
night, months and years. No parent can be perfect and efficient per se. One of the
significant resolutions that a parent could make is to try to become a good parent who could
be thoughtful, considerate and helpful to their children.
Nothing can beat a happy family. A jovial family is the one, when every member feels contented
and satisfied. An unknown quote says, “What a blessing to having happy family like mine...
I love them all more than I love myself.” Love, affection, empathy and kindness are all
the hallmarks of a great family.
Now, how do we achieve these not-too-easy-to-achieve goals? According to a survey conducted by
the Economic and Social Research Councils' Festival of Social Science 2011, the report suggested
that a positive, self-compassionate, jovial, close-knit and laughing family can be a near-perfect
family, while parents who make it possible, too, would achieve the goal of reaching perfect
parenthood. Take care!
Thought for today:
"If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they
decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the
greatest of all blessings." - Brian Tracy
Publisher & Editor, BrainyZine
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gifted Children - Part 1
Giftedness in children is a mysterious topic! Children, who are gifted and talented, are
difficult to understand. Parents are bound to ask hundreds of questions about giftedness
in children. Read more here!
Frequently Asked Questions about Gifted Children - Part 2
Gifted children need special attention, because their parental and academic needs are entirely
different from other normal children. The unique topic of giftedness among children raises more
questions than available answers. Read the article to learn more.
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children
By James T. Webb, Ph.D, Edward R. Amend, Psy.D, and etc
Raising a gifted child is both a joy and a challenge, yet
parents of gifted children have few resources for reliable
parenting information. The four authors, who have decades of
professional experience with gifted children and their
families, provide practical guidance in areas such as:
Characteristics of gifted children; Peer relations; Sibling
issues; Motivation & underachievement; Discipline issues;
Intensity & stress; Depression & unhappiness; Educational
planning; Parenting concerns; Finding professional help; and
much, much more!
The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide: For Ages 10 & Under
By Judy Galbraith M.A.
Based on 1,000 new surveys with gifted kids, this book will
continue to help countless bright, talented children know
they're not 'weird' or alone in the world. It answers their
questions about what gifted is (and isn't), how to cope with
teasing, how to deal with high expectations and
perfectionism, how to make friends, and much more.
It's upbeat, informative, friendly, and compact. At a time
when some gifted programs are being challenged, scaled back,
or dropped, it's more important than ever to have "The
Gifted Kids' Survival Guide".
Modern Parenting May Hinder Brain Development, Research Suggests
AScienceDaily Jan 7, 2013
Parents may be damaging healthy brain and social development with child-rearing practices that are
more parent-centered than baby-focused, according to interdisciplinary research that's sparking
new debate about what to do for baby.
Debunking the IQ myth
Western University Jan 10, 2013
Considered a standard gauge of intelligence, an intelligence
quotient (IQ) score doesn't actually provide an accurate measure of
one's intellect, according to a landmark study - the largest of its
kind - led by Adrian Owen of the Brain and Mind Institute at
What makes gifted kids tick?
Chicago Now Jan 08, 2013
What motivates students to work hard? What's part of an engaging
curriculum? Gifted expert Sally Walker identified the following
elements years ago at the Gifted Institute and they still hold true.
Some gifted children talk too much
South Coast Today Jan 17, 2013
Why it is some gifted children are prone to verbal outbursts and talking too much? Why do they sometimes
have trouble sharing and doing group projects Children who are very
verbal receive much early praise and attention for their
adult-sounding vocabulary and insightful comments. That's a normal
part of the learning process.
Low blood lead levels linked to lower IQ in Italian kids
Environmental Health News Jan 16, 2013
Kids exposed to low levels of lead score lower on IQ tests,
according to a study of junior high students in Northern Italy. The
low levels found in the youths are typical of many European and
North American countries, and are below the exposures that U.S.
health officials established to identify kids at risk. Growing
evidence suggests even low amounts of lead can harm developing
Drinking during pregnancy can lower your baby's IQ
Zeenews Jan 17, 2013
Women who drink as little as half a pint of beer per week during
pregnancy can cut their baby's intelligence level by several IQ
points, a new study claims. Researchers suggest this could be enough
to make a difference to the child's prospects, in the study that
teased out a true relationship between moderate drinking in
pregnancy and its affect on an unborn child.
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