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Volume #6 Issue #19
ISSN: 0219-7642 May 25, 2008
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Holiday season is nearing and each one of us is eagerly looking forward to a month-long thrill and
excitement. At the same time, we also try to remember and thank, the God Almighty, for everything we have
in our life- from our lovely children, loving spouse, health, friends and all those glorious moments of
our family life. Expressing gratitude to our friends, neighbors, colleagues and elders for all the help
and assistance they provided us throughout the year, is an important expression in our life.
Parents can teach their kids how to express gratitude to their teachers and classmates, who helped them during
the academic year, and to all those people who appreciated their nice and warm behavior. Above all, kids should
also learn how to express their gratitude to their parents, for all the wonderful things they did to them. Gratitude
is a heavenly expression that needs continuous practicing and perfection.
More often, kids lack the enthusiasm and feelings to express a sense of gratitude to their parents, teachers as
well as their peers. How do you instill that a character of gratitude to your children? How can a parent make kids
realize that they have so much for which they need to be extremely grateful? It seems that a gesture of thankfulness
or expressing gratitude to others is a very rare incident. Saying a big thank you or uttering a few words of gratefulness
from deep inside your heart can make this world a better place to live.
A kid who learns to appreciate what he or she has in possession will automatically understands the need for expressing
gratitude. Reinforcing good behavior with a kind and encouraging word will make your kid understand the power of appreciating
others and their concerns towards them. Kids who understand the pain and anguish of fellow kids will definitely know and
understand the ultimate strength of expressing gratitude to others. This holiday season could be the most auspicious time to
make your kids get involved in some simple community projects, which eventually makes them to learn and understand a number of
community concerns and problems. Finally, the delicate issue of being thankful to others should be made mandatory throughout
the year, and your kids must slowly learn how they can express their appreciation and thankfulness to others with love and
affection. All the best!
Thought for today:
"Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them " - Oscar Wilde
Publisher & Editor, BrainyZine
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Tackling Difficult Behavior by Defiant Children
Defiant behavior by kids is a difficult issue to resolve and a tough problem to solve. Parents need
a different perspective and a fresh approach to tackle this unique problem. Identifying behavior problems
and later finding a long lasting solution should be the top priority for every parent.
Three Important Tips to Overcome Defiant Behavior in Kids
Parents get extremely impatient and angry when they are unable to control defiant behavior in their kids.
This could be due to a perceived lack of skills and knowledge of controlling misbehavior in children. Here
are three useful and practical tips that will help you in controlling misbehavior displayed by your kid.
A Handbook for Happy Families: A Practical and fun filled Guide to Managing Children's Behavior
By Dr.John Irvine
Providing ideas for parents on more than 40 common child-bearing problems, this guide is arranged in three age groups:
babies to preschool, elementary school and high school years. Practical information on issues that
parents get perplexed is covered, including laziness, alcohol and drug abuse, aggressive behavior, crying, day dreaming, and fears and anxieties.
Detailed in a discipline system that heals problems through remediation, playful feedback and logical consequences to
draw families closer together instead of driving them apart. Advice is suitable for all family structures including single
parent families, step families, week end only parents and grandparents.
10 days to a Less Defiant Child: The Breakthrough Program for Overcoming Your Child's Difficult Behavior
By Jeffrey Bernstein
Occasional clashes between parents and children are not uncommon, but when defiant behavior, such as tantrums,
resistance to chores, and negativity- becomes chronic, it can cause big problems within the family. In this book,
child and family psychologist, Dr.Jeff Bernstein, has developed a ground-breaking 10 day program to help parents
gain back control over their defiant children. This powerful and exceptionally reader-friendly guide explains what
causes defiance in kids, why it is so damaging to the family and shows parents in a series of step how they can
end such behavior. Simple to follow and easy to read, this book will bring much needed relief to the millions of
frustrated parents out there living with defiant children.
Reading: It's exercise for your brain
The Cabin May 21, 2008
When the final bell rings on that last day of the school year, the immediate thought for most kids is usually far from
"Now I finally have more time to read". Our kids have been working very hard all school year, from book reports to science
projects to math exams and when summer break comes, they tend to put a lot of emphasis on the word "break". An, I think that
is just fine. Let the kids be kids while they still can and enjoy those summers off before they grow up and enter the real
world that does not always come with a guaranteed summer vacation.
The Power of Play
Wordpress May 12, 2008
Play is rapidly disappearing from our homes, our schools and our
neighborhood. Over the last two decades alone, children have
lost eight hours of free, unstructured, and spontaneous play a week. More than 30,000 schools in the United States have eliminated
recess to make more time for academics. From 1997 to 2003, children's time spent outdoors fell 50 percent, according to a study by
Sandra Hofferth at the University of Maryland. She has also found that the amount of time children spend in organized sports has
doubled, and the number of minutes children devote each week to passive leisure, not including watching television, has increased
from 30 minutes to more than three hours.
Breastfeeding boosts kids' IQ
Yahoo! India May 06, 2008
A new study has found that long-term, exclusive breastfeeding boosts
children's cognitive development. In a study of 17,046 children, the
team found that breastfeeding exclusively during the first year of
life was associated with an increase in a child's intelligence by
Your Child's Attention and Behavior Problems May be Caused by Nutritional Deficit Disorder
Health News Digest Apr 28, 2008
We love our children. We protect them from dangers of drugs, strangers, illness- anything that may cause them harm-but what about protecting the
development of their brains? Most children are not getting the required nutrients they need for proper cognitive growth. From my own experience,
more than half children I see with learning or behavioral problems have histories of poor nutrition.
On the Benefits of Breastfeeding
Manila Times May 11, 2008
There can be no better icon of motherly affection than the act of breastfeeding. Since time
immemorial, breastfeeding has connected the pure and unadulterated
love and affection of a mother to her child. Sadly, this loving and healthy practice has entered an unabated
decline in the last few decades. The greater number of
women today entering into the workforce has contributed greatly to this phenomenon. Even if a women wants to continue
feeding her child with breast milk, most working
environment now won't allow her to do so.
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