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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Help Your Children Reach Their Full Potential - Tips and Suggestions

By Andrew Loh

For years, researchers have been trying to find out ways and methods to make children perform to best of their abilities. Past research suggests that children can reach their full potential by integrating classroom education with emotional and mental skills. The skills and techniques that children use to reach their full potential should focus on emotional, social and brain functions. However, the goal should focus on the "executive or managerial functions" of the brain.

These brain functions allow your children to learn how to behave in front of others, think in a productive way, manage emotions, and administer behavior and mannerism, and develop critical scholastic abilities. Scholastic, social, academic and life skills could play an important role in streamlining your children's personal and professional career.

Here are some of the methods and techniques to make your children reach the best of their abilities and characters.

Focus, emotional and self-control

The world around your children is full of confusions, contradictions and distractions. It is normal for children to loose their way in the vicious web of various issues related to life. If you want your children to succeed in life, you may need to teach your children how to focus on their goals and later develop discipline and self-control to reach the goalpost. Focus, concentration and self-control involve issues like attention, concentration, dedication, following rules, flexible thinking and perseverance.

To help your children achieve these objectives, parents will need to teach various games, exercises and methods. Tips for parents:

Play chess: Chess is an amazing board game with an ability to provide a series of benefits. It helps develop concentration, focus and dedication. It also helps your children develop critical thinking skills.

Yoga lessons: Yoga is a great way to bust stress and improve general health. Yoga can rejuvenate both mind and the body. It can help children focus and improve concentration.

Play dart game: Playing dart game will help children develop focus, self-control, enhance attention span and develop concentration.

Learning how to take control of perspective

This is an important social skill. It travels beyond just empathy. With this skill, your children will learn how others think and feel. The most significant advantage of this skill is that your children will learn how to handle and manage people. Tips for parents:

Develop reading habit: Reading is a marvelous activity. It helps you know the fictional characters, their mind, their thinking and perceptions and later compare them with your own perspectives.

Learn to communicate

Communicating with others is perhaps the most important social skill. Without proper communication, this world will cease to exist. Better communication can sort out differences, conflicting interests and quarrels among different people. Communication is not about reading, writing or conversing. It is about what you want to communicate and how you do it. Most of us lack this essential skill and your children are no different. Tips for parents:

Talk to different people: Your children should develop the art of conversation with others. When they talk to other people, they will develop a skill to gauge other peoples' minds and their intentions.

Ask important questions: The art of conversation always involves important words - why, what, where, how, when, which, and they can help your children learn the art of conversation. You should ask a series of questions that include these words.

Learning how to set up connections

Making connections with others is the essence of learning. This skill tells us what is similar and dissimilar. It also helps us in identifying various pieces of disoriented information-bits and later connects them to create a meaning. It is a social skill as well. Tips for parents:

Play board games: Board games like sorting, raffle, business and puzzles will help your children develop skills that relate to making connections with different objectives, patterns and people.

Play with pictures and images: Your children can cut pictures from magazines and paste them on an album in a sequence. In other words, the book should tell them a picture story. They can paste plants and animals pictures along with other supporting images required to make a pictorial story.

Develop critical thinking skills

Beliefs, decisions, actions, reactions and affirmations are important components of critical thinking. Critical thinking is the foundation stone for acquiring all other skills. Tips for parents:

Curiosity leads to critical thinking: Your children should develop the art of imagination and visualization. Critical thinking is also the stepping-stone to learn how to differentiate between things and events.

Nature: Plants, animals and natural objects are the great tools that teach critical thinking to your children. Your children can visit a public garden and study how plants and trees flower and later develop into fruits.

Give problems: Analyzing problems and later deducting solutions for those problems will not only help develop critical thinking, but also lead to the development of problem solving skills.

Accept challenges and risks

Life is full of challenges and risks. Challenges come in many forms and types. Each challenge needs a different solution. Children, who learn how to face challenges and daily risks, always perform better in their life. Tips for parents:

Praise efforts and not personality: Praising efforts is more productive than praising personalities. One example is because of your hard work, you did so well in your tests". This simple praise will challenge your children's attitude to perform better in their classroom.

In nutshell, children can easily reach their full potential, when parents help them to streamline their overall personality and various skills. However, remember that only a combination of several skills and capabilities will work together to help children reach the top of their life.

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Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential
By Peg Dawson, EdD and Richard Guare, PhD

There is nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your "smart but scattered" child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there is a lot you can do to help.

The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial "executive skills"--the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions.


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