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


~ B R A I N Y - Z I N E ~

" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #11   Issue #14

ISSN: 0219-7642    Dec 9, 2012

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One of the greatest natural gifts that the nature has given our children is the power of curiosity and imagination. Children always learn by observing and imagining objects and forms that lie within their periphery of view. All of them also learn by doing things or by observing how others do them.

One of the smartest parenting techniques to learn is to give them an opportunity to believe in themselves and say with confidence that they can do it. Real learning occurs when children work on their own terms and take a risk while learning something new. Saying YES, when children inquire as to whether parents need help from them, is a great strategy to cajole them to learn and master many constructive things. Giving sufficient freedom to take part in imaginative, pretend and independent play, allows children learn in an optimal manner.

Parents are often at their confusing end when the issue of learning comes up. Teaching something to children could be very tricky and tedious. However, children possess an in-built capability to learn new things and lessons. They do not need extended help from their parents or teachers; what they need is a friendly, guiding and helping hand. Learning by role-playing, pretention and imagination is natural and parents may just need to guide children to help them walk on the path and reach the desired goalpost. All the best.

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Feature Articles

Promoting Imaginative Play in Children
Imaginative and pretend play are two of the most productive tools available for children to acquire a myriad of brain skills. Imaginative play also allows children to play and interact with toys and tools to create surreal situations and scenarios that eventually lead to better learning, and absorption of ideas and concepts.

Promoting Imaginative Play in Children - Practical Suggestions
Imaginative play allows children develop imagination, creative thinking, logical reasoning and other brain skills. However, children may need a series of items, tools, play sets and toys in order to indulge in imaginative play. Read the article to learn more.

Brainy Products

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
By Stuart Brown M.D., Christopher Vaughan

Dr. Brown has spent his career studying animal behavior and conducting more than six- thousand "play histories" of humans from all walks of life-from serial murderers to Nobel Prize winners. Backed by the latest research, Play (20,000 copies in print) explains why play is essential to our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity, ability to problem solve and more. Particularly in tough times, we need to play more than ever, as it's the very means by which we prepare for the unexpected, search out new solutions, and remain optimistic.

A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play, this book proves why play just might be the most important work we can ever do.


The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections
By Amanda Blake Soule

When you learn to awaken your family's creativity, wonderful things will happen: you'll make meaningful connections with your children in large and small ways; your children will more often engage in their own creative discoveries; and your family will embrace new ways to relax, play, and grow together.

Amanda Soule has charmed many with her tales of creativity and parenting on her blog, SouleMama. Here she shares ideas and projects with the same warm tone and down-to-earth voice. Perfect for all families, the wide range of projects presented here offers ideas for imaginative play, art and crafts, nature explorations, and family celebrations.


Latest Brainy News

Five things to know about early childhood brain development
Michigan Radio Nov 14, 2012

There's a lot of research that shows just how important the first few years of a child's life are to their cognitive development. But for those of us who aren't medical doctors the information can be rather confusing.

Nutrients in fish can boost brain development
Scientist Live Dec 02, 2012

This study adds to the evidence to show that specific nutrients in fish can boost brain development. Current medical advice in most countries is that pregnant women should limit their intake of fish but the most recent findings of the long term research project in the Seychelles points to a strong positive association between fish consumption and neurodevelopment.

Alcohol during pregnancy found to hurt IQ
UPI Nov 19, 2012

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found four genetic variants in alcohol-metabolizing genes among the 4,167 children were strongly related to lower IQ at age 8. The child's IQ was on average almost 2 points lower per genetic modification they possessed.

Warning to cut TV for young children
BBC Nov 23, 2012

Children under three should not watch screens, a leading psychologist says.

The joy of reading starts with toddlers
Post Independent Dec 01, 2012

Early reading beginning in infancy is a major factor in developing the parent-child bond, and in stimulating infant brain development. Babies need books. Babies need to learn about books - which can include throwing, chewing, using it as a hammer, etc., until they finally get around to turning the pages and enjoying the story.

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