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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #5 Issue #10
ISSN: 0219-7642 Jan 28, 2007
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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.
What is the rationale for educating the gifted, talented and creative children?
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.
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?
See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
IQ Tests for the Highly Gifted here.
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.
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.
Your Baby Can Read (5 DVD Set and more)
By Dr. Robert Titzer
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
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
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
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
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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