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


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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #2   Issue #18

ISSN: 0219-7642    July 02, 2004

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Hi Everyone,

Last week, my family went for a short holiday trip to a resort that was about 4 hours drive from our home. We all had a great time there. Here is a photo of my sons enjoying themselves. My sons have been looking forward for an overseas holiday. But, we can't afford an overseas trip yet .... ;-). As a matter of fact, we also can't afford a big house, a big car, a big this ... a big that .... Then, I remember a quote, "Happiness is not having what you want. It's enjoying what you have". Indeed, I'm a lucky man! I have a beautiful wife and two wonderful kids, a small house and car and still can afford to enjoy a local trip. Well, what's more can I ask for? You too can enjoy what you have today. Take care!

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Things are good because I say they are

Years ago, I was a single mom with two small children. Both were still in diapers. We were on welfare and getting help with housing assistance. I had $335 each month to support a family of three. There was no husband, no boyfriend, no child support and no reason to believe any of those things were every coming near me. My friends were all happily married and most did not even have children yet. I was struggling to come up with money to buy diapers and they were buying boats and campers and going on long vacations. I was very frightened and alone. 

After a few months, I realized I was reading the same message over and over again. It did not matter what topic I was reading, it always came down to attitude. What I believe is what I will see. What I see is what I live. That is when I wrote my life's mantra:

        "Things are good, because I say they are"
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Get smart: eat oily fish on a sensible scale
Times Online June 25, 2004

Mothers who want brighter children should eat fish regularly during pregnancy, according to new research from the University of North Carolina.

Is your favorite fish safe?
ThisIsLondon June 29, 2004

Oily fish is linked to healthy brain development and may be good if you want to protect your heart, but eat too much of it and you could be filling your body with poisons and toxins, according to a new Government report.

Eating fish during pregnancy produces children with better language and communication skills June 24, 2004

A new study of children in Bristol has shown that women who ate fish regularly during pregnancy had children with better language and communication skills by the age of 18 months.

Want to be slimmer and smarter? Watch Less TV June 20, 2004

If you believe researchers, television has the potential to make children fat and stupid, not to mention violent and depressed.

Tutoring changes how a child's brain works June 20, 2004

In essence, the tutoring helped the children develop "reading systems" in their brains that were starting to look similar to those found in successful readers. 

Music builds the brain
The Kentucky Post June 30, 2004

The study with college students showed that the Mozart Effect made them smarter for only 15 minutes or so. But Rauscher says the impact lasts much longer with young people, "the younger the better." Her research has found that those who study music and play it at a young age may boost cognitive skills permanently, by priming the brain to process certain kinds of information.

Using adult brains to aid kids June 19, 2004

The key is using our own adult brains wisely to make good choices for our children

Four things you need to know about raising baby
Psychology Today July/Aug Publication, 2004

Bookstore shelves are crammed with titles purporting to help you make your baby smarter, happier, healthier, stronger, better-behaved and everything else you can imagine, in what I call a shopping-cart approach to infant development, But experts are now beginning to look more broadly, in an integrated fashion, at the first few months of a baby's life. And so should you.

Maternal Thyroid Disorder Linked to Learning Disabilities in Children
Environmental Media Services June 26, 2004

A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that some learning disabilities in children may be the result of an untreated thyroid disorder their mothers experienced during pregnancy. Other recent studies have found that maternal exposure to certain chemicals, such as PCBs, may be exacerbating the problem by lowering maternal thyroid hormones, which play an essential role in fetal brain development....


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