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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 #11   Issue #5

ISSN: 0219-7642    Aug 5, 2012

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Motivation is a very strange word! Just imagine the case, when your children refuse to obey, or follow your orders asking them to finish their homework. The time that parents spend with their children to help them finish homework could be harrowing. Is there way to motivate your children to finish their homework at the earliest possible time? Can you motivate them enough to carry out school chore and assignments?

Yes! Most children are motivated, although in a wrong way! Resistance to do to homework, or any other assignment, would be the strongest catalyzing force for children. In fact, children possess a very strong motivation to resist whatever their parents say or utter. Children also develop a urge to preserve their power and eventually force their will on the parents. In fact, this motivation is negative, and it could be detrimental to children.

Motivating children could be a difficult task, especially when they demand you rewarding them for all successful accomplishments of assigned tasks. This newsletter will touch on this issue on how to motivate children to achieve. Have a great day.

Thought for today:
"Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." - Raymond Chandler

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Feature Articles

How to Motivate Children to Achieve?
Motivation is a special skill. Children, who learn by self-driven motivation, are always productive and result oriented. An intrinsic motivation would help children perform better in their classroom and out of it. Read more here!

How to Motivate Children to Achieve - Catalyzing an Internal Urge to Succeed in Life
Boosting motivation in children involves teaching independent thinking, persistence, dedication, and developing a deep enthusiasm for finishing assigned tasks. Positive rewards (not negative) and reinforcement works very well for children who are deficient in motivation. Read the article to learn more.

Ask an Expert

Q1: My son is 25 months old. He is a happy child. He is going to Shichida class for the past 10 months. He is very energetic. He is very thin but very active. He loves music a lot. When his dad played drums on his first birthday, he also played drums on seeing it for the first time. He loves drums a lot...

A: Your son appears to be developing well at this age. I believe you have been doing the right thing to help him grow, especially since her is a happy child. He does appear to enjoy the Shichida class which works as a good early exposure for him..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Helping Bright Toddler Socialise here.

Q2: My son seems to be different compared to other 4 year old. When he was only 2 he was able to sing a complete 3-4 minute lyrics of a song. He was able to speak very clearly at a very early stage. He learned to read and spell before he turned 4 upon entering nursery level. He even constructs his own sentences. His teacher told me that he is indeed very smart but misbehaves a lot...

A: From your description, it certainly is not the case with other 4 year olds! You may have a potentially gifted child in the making. You may want to check his developmental progress and distinct characteristics (do a search on the internet). Bear in mind that a child does not have to exhibit every characteristic in order to be gifted due to the fact that gifted children are not all alike.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Potentially Gifted Child here.

Q3: I had my son tested using WISC IV and scores were:

  • VCI 99th percentile

  • PRI 55 percentile

  • WM 86 percentile

  • PS 17 percentile

  • Full Scale Score 86th percentile

Is this a normal thing. His WAIT scores were:

  • Reading comp 99 percentile

  • Mathematics comp 73 percentile (made up of Num op 42 and Maths Res 93)

  • Spelling 95 percentile

This was done at 8 years due to concerns with his school results...

A: The information you provided may not be sufficient to determine the variation of the scores. However, I will try to interpret them based on what is available. I assume that your son is 8 years of age. His WISC IV scores are all in percentile; composite scores would give a more detailed indication.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Varied Scores on the WISC IV and WIAT II here.

Brainy Products

Drive: 9 Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Achieve
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Dr. Janine Walker Caffrey is the author of Drive: 9 Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Achieve. She believes that parenting should be relatively simple, and a whole lot of fun! She learned how to develop drive through her experiences raising her own two children who are now highly driven adults. She holds a bachelor's degree in education, a master's in educational administration, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

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The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child
By Richard Lavoie

Motivation is the key to learning. But very few parents and teachers have an effective arsenal of techniques at their disposal. Enter educator and acclaimed author Rick Lavoie, who arms all those who deal with children with proven, effective tools and strategies they can use to encourage any child to learn and achieve success.

Along the way, Lavoie explodes some common myths about motivation: for instance, he demonstrates that rewards, punishment, and competition are not effective motivational tools. He gives specific advice throughout for parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities and provides detailed instructions for how to create a motivated classroom.


Latest Brainy News

Why growing up in a loving home boosts children's brains and makes them more intelligent
Daily Mail July 24, 2012

A loving family helps a child's brain to grow and increases their intelligence and mental abilities, a study suggests. Researchers found that children in care have less grey and white matter - the two components of the central nervous system - than those brought up in a typical home environment.

Goodbye, IQ Tests: Brain Imaging Can Reveal Intelligence Levels
Medical Daily Aug 1, 2012

Research from Washington University in St. Louis has identified variations in brain scans that they believe identify portions of the brain that are responsible for intelligence.

Childhood development: The link between neglect and brain structure
Shine Yahoo July 26, 2012

If you had good parents, or even one great parent, count your blessings. Not only did they teach you the meaning of the word love (a definition that you take out into the world with you and hopefully recreate) through their actions and behaviours, but the loving environment they created also encouraged proper brain development.

Learning is child's play
The Chronicle July 19, 2012

While debate surrounds the effect of television and video games on young children, toys - especially educational ones - are generally well received. Children are naturally curious with a penchant for learning and reap the rewards of stimulation from an early age.

Breastfeeding ensures growth of newborn child's brain: experts
Hindustan Times Aug 01, 2012

Breast milk is enriched with fatty acids to ensure proper development of new-born child's brain. Week, said that evidence from various studies suggested that a strong correlation between breastfeeding and cognitive development of babies.

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