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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 #9   Issue #19

ISSN: 0219-7642    Apr 3, 2011

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Reading is a hobby that seems to be slowly disappearing from our children's lives. As the ancient wisdom goes, we know quite a lot about reading and its advantages - "all wise men read and books make us wise men". A reader will become wiser when he or she starts reading more. Most of us thought that the printed world was already dead with the advent of Internet technology. However, what we do not know is that most of us have started reading more, though by using our computer monitors and by employing modern internet technology.

However, reading habit is sadly missing in most of our children. It could be due to a number of reasons. It could be the overexposure to TV and video games. Alternatively, it could also be due to simple lack of interest in reading. Whatever the case, parents may need to expose their children to reading habits.

Reading habits are easy to introduce when parents initiate their children to start reading books. A small cartoon book or a colorful storybook is a nice introduction to early reading. The more the children start reading, the more will be their interest in continuing that habit. There are some of the greatest books for children (You may want to check out a Children's Book Club that offers 6 books for the price of $2). Introduce them to your children today and start reading along with them. This is probably the best way to introduce your children to the world of books! All the best.

Thought for today:
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition." - Martha Washington

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Andrew Loh
Andrew Loh
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Develop Your Child's Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
Emotions are integral to humans including children. Above all, emotional intelligence is as important as mental IQ. Develop emotional intelligence is a necessary skill for your children.

Develop Your Child's Emotional Intelligence (EQ) - Simple Methods and Practical Techniques
Caring parents are most important in aiding young children in acquiring emotional intelligence. Emotional development is a slow process too. Here are some of the best ways to develop emotional IQ in children.


Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
By Daniel Goleman, Ph.D

The Western cultures esteem analytical skills measured by IQ tests: but there is clearly more to success and happiness, even in technological societies, than IQ alone. Goleman has written one of the best books on the nature and importance of other kinds of intelligence besides our perhaps overly beloved IQ.

New York Times science writer Goleman argues that our emotions play a much greater role in thought, decision making and individual success than is commonly acknowledged. He defines "emotional intelligence" a trait not measured by IQ tests as a set of skills, including control of one's impulses, self-motivation, empathy and social competence in interpersonal relationships. Goleman also looks at pilot programs in schools from New York City to Oakland, Calif., where kids are taught conflict resolution, impulse control and social skills.


Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child The Heart of Parenting
John Gottman Ph.D, Joan Declaire

Every parent knows the importance of equipping children with the intellectual skills they need to succeed in school and life. But children also need to master their emotions. This book is a guide to teaching children to understand the regulate their emotional world. And as acclaimed psychologist and researcher John Gottman shows, once they master this important life skill, emotionally intelligence children will enjoy increased self-confidence, greater physical health, better performance in school, and healthier social relationship.

This book will equip parents with a a five-step "emotional coaching" process to help teach children how to recognize and address their feelings, which includes becoming aware of the child's emotions; recognizing that dealing with these emotions is an opportunity for intimacy; listening empathetically; helping the child label emotions; setting limits; and problem-solving.


Building better brains
Suffolk News Herald Mar 23, 2011

Marcia Tate, a professional development consultant and author, presented several strategies to increase brainpower to area parents Tuesday night at King's Fork Middle School.

Teen brains really are different
Sequin M Gazette Mar 23, 2011

In recent years, research has shown how critical the first five years are because of the major brain development. What hasn't been given as much attention is the importance of the last 5 percent of the brain's development. This occurs in adolescence and is critical.

How a Diet Affects a Child's IQ, Attitude
Poway Patch Mar 20, 2011

Diets high in fat, sugar and processed foods are lowering children’s IQ, a new study suggests. The report says that eating habits among 3-year-olds shape brain performance as they get older. A predominantly processed-food diet at the age of 3 is directly associated with a lower IQ at the age of 8 1/2, according to a Bristol-based study of thousands of British children.

Breastfed Children Do Better at School, Study Suggests
Science Daily Mar 17, 2011

Researchers have shown that breastfeeding causes children to do better at school. The research conducted by Oxford University and the Institute for Social and Economic Research, Essex University, found that as little as four weeks of breastfeeding for a newborn baby has a significant effect on brain development, which persists until the child is at least 14 years old.

Research supports style of learning
Adelaide Now Mar 22, 2011

Clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller said research had found children's minds develop in fits and starts, followed by periods of consolidation.

Arts help children learn
Green River Star Mar 16, 2011

Arts education is mandatory for K-6th students in Sweetwater County School District No. 2. From there, people can pick to do them or not. If children know about the arts as an option now, they will be more artistic in the future.


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