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Volume #5   Issue #16

ISSN: 0219-7642    Apr 8, 2007

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Parents - We Can't Escape What We Model
By Dr. Randy Cale

Children watch and absorb every move their parents make. This includes every word that comes out of their mouth and every body language move that is made. They absorb everything parents do because they want to be just like them. By modeling good and appropriate behavior you are able to have children who behave appropriately as well.

Teaching Children - Should You Let Nature Take Its Course Or Intervene?
By Donald Saunders

The role of parents in teaching children about the consequences of their actions is not always an easy one and one of the difficult choices we face is whether to intervene to teach our children a particular lesson or to simply stand back and let them learn from their own experience. Even if we manage to get over this hurdle we still then face the second hurdle if we decide to intervene of deciding just how we should intervene.



Brain-Building Nutrition: How Dietary Fats and Oils Affect Mental, Physical, and Emotional Intelligence
By Dr. Michael A. Schmidt

In this new, updated edition of the classic book on brain performance and nutrition, Dr. Schmidt provides a host of practical dietary information and new, ground-breaking research to support his findings. A remarkable but little known fact is that the brain is nearly 60 percent fat.

The author helps the reader distinguish between harmful and beneficial fats and oils, and warns the "French Fry Generation" of the dangers of a poor diet. The effects of nutrition on mood, memory and behavior are explained by a number of compelling case studies. Finally, the author presents various strategies for enhancing mental, physical and emotional intelligence through the conscious use of supplements and a healthy diet.


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Beyond IQ: Youngsters Who Can Focus on the Task at Hand Do Better in Math
Scientific America Mar 26, 2007

Turns out that sheer intelligence is not enough to become a young math whiz. It also takes a good attention span and training your mind to "self regulate" or focus on the task at hand.

The measure for academic success for decades has been a person's intelligence quotient, or IQ. But new research published in the journal Child Development says that a thought process called "executive functioning," which governs the ability to reason and mentally focus, also plays a critical role in learning, especially when it comes to math skills.

Self-regulation plays major role in early child achievement Apr 3, 2007

The researchers found that all aspects of children's self-regulation are uniquely related to their academic abilities, over and above their intelligence. They also found that one particular aspect of self-regulation, termed the inhibitory control aspect of brain function used in planning, problem solving, and goal-directed activity, is predictive of all academic outcomes but was particularly associated with early ability in math.

Ways to make your kids smarter
Nigeria Tribune Mar 29, 2007

Intelligence, an inherited gift can both be nurtured and enhanced by the right environment. While intelligence clearly has a genetic component, scientific research is beginning to show that certain approaches boost learning and mental development in young minds. Find the proven strategies for building your child's brainpower scientists have outlined here.

Parent to Parent: Baby brains
WHDH-TV Mar 26, 2007

"Just having a conversation, even though it's a one-sided conversation, increases their vocabulary connections and language connections." Another baby step is showing them how much you love them.  Bridget Martel, brain researcher:"Touching and snuggling and cuddling and smooching and kissing their cheeks are all really fun to do, but we've found it really has a big impact on the brain with the connections they make. That power of touch is incredibly important with neurological connections.".

Largest US Child Study Finds Early Child Care Linked to Aggression and Disobedience
LifeSite Mar 26, 2007

Analysis of the largest, longest running, and most comprehensive study of child care in the United States has found that the more time children spent in center-based care before kindergarten, the more likely their teachers were to report such problem behaviors as "gets in many fights," "disobedient at school," and "argues a lot.".

Young child's brain is wired to learn new languages
InsideBayArea Mar 25, 2007

A child's brain is primed to learn languages - at least for the first 10 to 12 years of life. After that, many researchers believe language acquisition is more difficult as we progress through adolescence and adulthood.

Toddlers benefit from tumbling
argus Observer Mar 25, 2007

One way children’s brains develop hand manipulation and body awareness is through tumbling or gymnastics, Becky Wolery, All Star Gymnastics and Cheerleading, said. "People don’t realize how important it is," she said. "Motor skills are very important for the brain.".


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