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


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Volume #5   Issue #18

ISSN: 0219-7642    May 6, 2007

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This issue going to touch on a topic that is so sensitive that I'm too afraid to use an explicit email subject title in order to prevent my newsletter from going to your junk mail folder. So, there you have it - 'birds and bees' .... a strong indication of a 'family friendly' content email that guarantee you to receive it!

Naturally, it will come to a point in time that the question will pop up by your child "Where do babies come from?" that many parents dread and few want to answer. Personally, I discussed quite openly with my kids about the birds and the bees. At times there are questions that were too hard to answer, not what you think ..... My son asked question like "What happen if two sperms go into the egg at the same time?” which was a pretty tough question to answer ...;-)

Anyway, if you have not started telling your kids about sex when he was around 3 or 4 years you may face some inertia to start discussion. One of the methods I learn, suggested by expert on the Internet, is that you may try to break the ice by telling your kids about sex over phone … no kidding! Just be warned to watch out your phone bill ...;-) Have a great week ahead!

Thought for today:
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't 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 can't find them, make them. " - George Bernard Shaw

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Why Sex Education Determines What Type Of Person Your Child Will Grow Up To Be!
By Brian Lomas

Do you shy away from the sex questions your children ask? Do you think fathers should answer the boys' questions and mothers, the girls'? Would you prefer giving your child a book on sex education rather than talking to them? Sex education has been proved to determine what type of person your child will grow up to be. Read more here!

Ten Tips on Talking with Your Kids about Sex
By Krista Bloom

Strategies for parents about how to talk with their kids about sex, approaches to discussing the subject of sexuality, and the consequences of not discussing sexuality with children and teens. Provides communication skills, parenting skills, and sexuality education.



Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex, but Were Afraid They'd Ask: The Secrets to Surviving Your Child's Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens
By Justin Richardson M.D, Mark A. Schuster Ph.D

Packed with the latest research on parenting techniques and childhood sexuality and filled with helpful stories from real parents about what worked (and what didn’t) with their kids, this authoritative volume offers advice and comfort to anyone who is hoping to have a productive dialogue with young people about sex. Whether your focus is on protecting your teens from STDs or raising your little ones to understand their bodies, this book is an indispensable resource that is sure to leave you educated, entertained, and relieved.



Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child
By John Gottman, Ph.D

This book in written for parents of children of all ages. It is a guide to teaching children to understand and regulate their emotional world. An emotionally intelligent children will enjoy increased self-confidence, greater physical health, better performance in school, and healthier social relationships.

The authors identify a five-step "emotion 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.



What's our EQ?
The Daily Star Apr 23, 2007

Two factors identify a successful personality - IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient). IQ is constant, and there is not much we can do about it. However, EQ can be manipulated, and depends a lot on the environment in which the children are brought up, on what their parents teach them about life, and so on.

Schools to teach emotional IQ
All About You May 2, 2007

Emotional intelligence will be taught to the UK's teenagers from September in a bid to improve the behaviour of the country's youths. The Social and Emotional Aspects of Leaning (Seal) classes will aim to improve classroom behaviour through teaching conflict-resolution skills, anger management, respect and fair play.

What a brain!
The Star Apr 29, 2007

It goes without saying that maintaining good health in the mother can only be good for the baby. Pregnant mothers should have a well-balanced and nutritious diet supplemented with vitamins.  A special mention should be made of folate, one of the B vitamins. This should be taken before and during pregnancy to prevent maldevelopment of the brain and spinal cord in the developing baby.

Nutrition expert says: "Eat more seafood"
Scoop Apr 27, 2007

Addressing delegates at "Aquaculture Today 2007" in Edinburgh last week, Dr Crawford said marine fats played a key role in brain development in evolutionary terms. "The brain still depends on the same marine nutrients today for growth and development," Dr Crawford said. "The marine food chain is by far the richest source of these nutrients.".

Scientists working on formula milk that prevents child obesity
Guardian Apr 23, 2007

British scientists are working on a baby formula which would chemically restructure the metabolic system of children to ensure they never became obese. Studies in mice have found that large doses of the appetite-controlling hormone leptin during infancy permanently prevent excess weight gain and reduce the chances of type 2 diabetes.

Neurodevelopment & the Environment: Are Vaccines to Blame for Skyrocketing Childhood Illnesses?
American Chronicle Apr 28, 2007

Remarkable controversy exists on the safety and efficacy of vaccinations in the United States. Research supporting vaccine safety is scant yet crucial to the well being of every American citizen. Since 1980 the amount of vaccinations required for children began to rise quite dramatically. These vaccines contain various toxicants including thimerosal, a mercury (Hg) containing neurotoxicant, which may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders such as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Environmental Illness (EI) which are all on the rise.

Ban on homes close to pylons would cut child leukaemia says report
Guardian Apr 28, 2007

Banning the building of new homes and schools within 60 metres of power lines is the "best available option" for reducing deaths from childhood leukaemia and possibly other diseases, according to a report from a government advisory group.


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