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Volume #5   Issue #10

ISSN: 0219-7642    Jan 28, 2007

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>> EDITORIAL

Hi,
I'm sorry that this issue was late by a week. I have finally managed to move all the subscribers from my old newsletter broadcast service provider to the new one. I didn't expect to encounter so many problems while moving the subscriber list. Anyway, it is solved now and I hope to go back to the regular publishing schedule.

Just a hypothesis question: how many children do you want if you're a millionaire? I read about a British mum, earning more than a million a year salary running an investment company, is having her 8th baby !! Yes, she has seven children now and another is coming. Of course she can afford to hire nannies and housekeepers with that kind of wealth. Personally, I would not do that. With only three kids now, my wife and I already have difficulty giving adequate attention to each of them, let alone eight! Again, there is no right or wrong answer to that question. There's one thing for sure, most men (including myself) certainly do not mind to have such a wife ...;-) Have a great week ahead.

Thought for today:
The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. " - Jim Rohn

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Let Them Have Their Temper Tantrums!
By Linda Milo

Children between the ages of one and seven are open to emotional hurts. Temper tantrums are a way a young child expresses his frustration over a situation or a person. When your child feels thwarted, he feels many mixed emotions. Usually temper tantrums are brought about by stress. When you find yourself facing your child's explosion, try these three tips to create an emotional safety catch for both you and your child.

Parents - Tune In To Time Out
By Linda Milo

Most parents in America know what "time out" means. It's simply an effective tool parents use to encourage their misbehaving child to learn to behave. It is a teaching technique. It isn't a punishment, but rather a way for your child to control their own behavior. Find out several guidelines to effectively accomplish the purpose of time-out.

>> ASK AN EXPERT

Q1: What is the rationale for educating the gifted, talented and creative children?

A: The answer is similar to the rationale for educating students with learning difficulties. When we feel that a child has some learning problems, we usually pay a lot of attention and seek help as soon as possible. The Gifted, Talented and Creative (GTC) are children with special needs as well, just on the other extreme, so why wouldn't they need special attention too? ...Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Rationale for educating the Gifted, Talented and Creative here.

Q2: My son Trenton is 8 years old, at the age of 2 he was using my laptop and reading at around 3, and my wife who is very involved with the children let him watch her while on the computer. It took me a while to accept that Trenton was gifted. Trent took the gifted test at age 6 for the State of Florida, he scored in the 99.9 percentile ...I wonder how far he can go. Are other tests or other schools to test?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on IQ Tests for the Highly Gifted here.

Q3: Our daughter was tested for giftedness by our local school and scored 93 on the Ravens Progressive Matrices test. The cutoff is 95 for acceptance into the gifted program. Of course, we think she's exceptional but the district seems to run very rigidly on test scores. Can you tell me if there is any information available regarding the accuracy of Ravens tests?

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's reply on Accuracy of IQ Tests here.

Q4: I have a son who is turning two in two weeks time. I have checked early signs of giftedness but it still leaves some questions if I am just a very proud mommy. Comparing to his peers I feel he is smarter and more advanced...Can you please tell me if he is advanced? Especially I am interested on toddler's memory.

A: Almost all checklists for above average abilities that may indicate giftedness is a mere guide for parents and teachers. Not everyone would have all the qualities listed and that does not mean that the child is not advanced. Different children show advancement in different ways....Read Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on Signs of Above-Average Abilities here.

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As seen on CNN, Good Morning America, The Learning Channel & hundreds of new programs! Includes all 5 DVDs in the Your Baby Can Read early language development system. Also includes double-sided, interactive "Learn to Read" word cards, one wipe-clean word card, and one erasable, non-toxic pen.

This revolutionary early-reading program encourages infants and toddlers to naturally learn the written word at the same time as they learn the spoken word. Studies indicate that early readers are more confident, have higher self-esteem, and generally do better in school and in life! Watch the video here!

 

Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Raise IQ points by up to 30 points and turn on your child's smart genes Points
By Dr. David Md Perlmutter, Carol Colman

Perlmutter, a neurologist and physician, helps parents utilize that "brief window of opportunity in a child's life when parents can help create a brain that is built for optimal performance." Some of the book's advice ought to be common knowledge - establish a healthy diet, avoid toxins and limit television and video games but Perlmutter's detailed guidelines take the guesswork out of smart parenting.


>> LATEST BRAINY NEWS


Mother's rows in pregnancy 'affects IQ of baby'
Telegraph.co.uk Jan 27, 2007

Children born to mothers who had relationship problems during their pregnancies have lower than average intelligence and are more prone to anxiety, scientists say. Women who reported high stress levels in the months before giving birth had babies who scored lower in mental development tests than those whose mothers had calmer pregnancies.


Helping Baby's Brain Develop
KFYR-TV Jan 23, 2007

You may think kids do most of their learning once they start school, or even preschool. But the truth is, learning starts much earlier than that. They're learning even as babies. In fact, recent research show the first three years of life are critical to your child's brain development.


Music on the brain
Oregon News Jan 26, 2007

Pakulak is excited about brain research, but he cautions people about assumptions. For instance, children who study music tend to have higher verbal skills, visuo-spatial skills, numeracy skills and IQs. But music may not be the cause. It could be that children with stronger cognitive skills are more likely to study music and stick with it, he said.


Babies excessive crying may signal later problems
Daily Times Jan 18, 2007

Healthy infants older than three months who cry incessantly for no apparent reason may be at risk for lower IQ and behaviour problems in their childhood years, new study findings suggest.


EU seeks global mercury ban
EurActiv.com Jan 12, 2007

The 'Stay Healthy, Stop Mercury' campaign launched on 10 January 2007 details a report revealing alarming results of a survey measuring women's low-level exposure to mercury during pregnancy. It also describes the effects such exposure can have on unborn child's brain development.


Nordic Naturals Introduces Prenatal DHA(TM) -- An Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplement for Pregnant Women
NPI Center Jan 8, 2007

Nordic Naturals, a leading supplier of omega-3 fish oils and EFA blends in the natural products industry, introduces Prenatal DHA, developed especially for pregnant women to ensure adequate DHA levels.


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