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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 #7   Issue #17

ISSN: 0219-7642    Apr 5, 2009

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Leadership techniques and skills for your kid are special subjects that a number of parents do not consider them as important life skills. However, leadership skills in children are perhaps the most important and critical skills, required to lead a successful life.  A child who masters these skills can achieve anything he or she always wanted to achieve! In fact, leadership skills are your children's passport to life success!

Leadership activities for kids are desirable ways for all parents to teach a number of key leadership lessons and topics. As with other important things in life, experience is the best teacher when it comes to learning the skills of leadership. Each instance of failure in your child's life is a solid stepping-stone for future success. Meandering through a number of dicey challenges and tricky obstacles may prepare your child for the true and harsh reality that lies ahead of them in the real world.

Leadership activities are numerous! Parents should make an effort to understand and master the skills of leadership so that they can train their children in an effective manner. Empower your children today with a time tested and proven leadership skills so that they let loose their innate abilities to show their mettle in front of the world. Have a great week ahead!

Thought for today:
"People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I do not believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they cannot find them, they make them." - George Bernard Shaw

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Andrew Loh
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Developing Leadership Skills in Children - The Basic
Leadership skills does not come automatically to your child. In many cases, you may need to help to develop leadership skills in your children. While just a handful of young children display the ability to lead people, the rest actually lack that ability. Parent's role in educating their children about the importance of leadership is very critical.

Developing Leadership Skills in Children - Tips and Suggestions
Leadership skills are a combination of learning and mastering a series of positive characters and habits. Parents should learn these techniques before they can teach their children.


Q1: I'm writing from Athens Greece. I would be very thankful to you if you could help me identify whether my son could eventually be gifted or not. You know in Greece there are few possibilities to get a good expert evaluation or a special program in case a child is gifted?

A: The best people to determine giftedness in a young child are the parents. And I believe that you have observed your son to have reached developmental milestone ahead of his age mates. What you need is confirmation which in terms of a score can only be derived from a standardized IQ test, preferably when he is in formal school. But for now, it does appear that he is developmentally ahead of his peers, and the best that you can do now is to nurture his abilities as best as you can. ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Determining Giftedness in Children here.

Q2: My son is 6.5 years old and is currently in class 1. Having watched him grow all these years has made us believe that he has a very sharp brain that needs to nurtured carefully.

To give a few examples, he was able to identify numbers up to 99,999 before the age of 3 years. Not only that, he was able to rearrange digits to form a give number up to 99,999 easily. And he picked it up all by himself...

The questions we have are obvious:

  • What we should do for him to enhance his capabilities and keep him stimulated

  • What activities are good for him? (this in addition to what he learns and does at school.)

  • How much is too much for him? We certainly would not want to push him too much.

A: It is quite obvious that your son has above average abilities since he was very young. And the fact that he has maintained and developed the abilities shows that you have been doing the right things to help him. You are right to be concerned that he may burn-out if not given the right stimulus to help him keep up with his intellectual hunger. Having a gifted child and more importantly, maintaining his gifts can be very challenging for parents - especially if the school does not recognize his needs .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Nurturing Child with Above Average Abilities here.


Discovering the Real Me: Student Textbook 11: Developing Leadership Skills
By June Saunders, Robert Beebe, Alan Saunders and Solomon Pobanz

As future leaders of their own families and the current leaders of their own lives, students need to develop leadership skills. The book Developing Leadership Skills emphasizes taking responsibility by making good decisions, taking the lead in understanding others and developing relationship skills, being community-minded, being responsible in romantic and sexual relationships, coping with adversity and diversity, handling money, and being responsible for the environment.

Examples of leaders, both famous and not-so-famous, as well as examples of leading schools of thought, help students relate to what leadership really is. Entertaining graphics and intriguing sidebars tell illustrative stories that underscore the meaning of the chapters.


Developing Creative Leadership (Gifted Treasuries Series)
By Jeanette Plauche Parker and Lucy Gremillion Begnaud

Schools that want to implement a gifted education program in grades 6-12 will benefit from reading this pedagogical book. The ideas and materials can be used with all classes because they help make learning more interesting and relevant, and will reach other students with leadership potential.

The authors provide an overview of leadership in the crucial grades of 6-12. Drawing upon theories based on cognitive leadership, affective leadership, and the role of leadership in gifted education, leadership is discussed as it pertains to research projects, problem solving, interpersonal communication, and decision-making.



How Playing Games Develops Creativity
Barex Mar 28, 2009

Spending time on solving online puzzles is similar to a blade with two sharp sides. It is well-known today that playing on the computer help the brain development, thus helping children learn new reasoning ways and improve their performance. However, such games can develop into addiction, resulting in your child's exhaust and poor performance.

Good Video Games for Brain Development
Computer Natter Mar 20, 2009

How much tolerance do you have for your children's video game playing habits? Do you limit the amount of time that kids can spend in front of the TV? Or you can just outlaw video games? Either way, are you the parent who teaches their children moderation?

The secret to making your child smarter? It's free
Katu Mar 21, 2009

If you are a parent, you have probably wondered how you can make your child smarter. Though parents spend thousands of dollars hoping to give their kids an edge, the best tools are free.

The Benefits of Seafood Are Valid Even During Pregnancy
Online Health News Mar 26, 2009

Any responsible couple knows that you can't mess around with nutrition when a woman is pregnant; this nine month period is absolutely sacred, and both parents need to do everything possible to make sure that the child developing within the womb is getting all the vitamins, proteins, and other nutrients necessary to guarantee a healthy future.

Help Your Child Read
KY Post Mar 23, 2009

Early childhood experiences have a great impact on brain development and a child's ability to learn language and literacy skills. Children who grow up in a stimulating environment where parents and other caregivers talk and read to them are more likely to become fluent and eager readers.

5 Nutrition Facts About Milk and Healthy Kids
US News Mar 20, 2009

Milk contains nine essential nutrients and vitamins, including protein, vitamins A, D, and B12, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin, zinc, and magnesium. Children who drink milk tend to have "superior" overall nutrient intakes compared with children who don't drink milk, according to a study released last year by researchers at Environ International Corp., the University of Vermont, and the National Dairy Council.

Cell Phones Five Times More Dangerous for Kids
The Epoch Times Mar 21, 2009

Dr. Lennart Hardell, professor of oncology at the University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden, found from examining 15 studies from six countries that children using cell phones before the age of 20 had five times the likelihood of developing gliomas (brain cancers) and acoustic neuromas (tumors of the auditory nerve) than people who start cell phone use after the age of 20. The incidence of cancer for children under 20 years old using handheld phones is four times more than those over age 20 who use those phones.


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