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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 #6   Issue #18

ISSN: 0219-7642    May 11, 2008

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Attitudes form the essence of life! Better attitude is good for both parents and their kids. While our attitudes tend to be negative at times, they can be positive as well. Parents and kids with better attitudes could be the happiest people in the world. Good and positive attitudes are mandatory for all kids, given their critical importance in leading a positive life. Kids who display poor attitudes most likely mimicking other kids.

Parents can teach positive attitude to their kids. Positive parenting also involves teaching your kids a positive attitude and self esteem. Positive parenting could be always infectious and it could be intoxicating as well. When you develop this noble attitude in your kid, you can feel the real difference in his or her life. As your kid starts learning positive way of leading life, he or she will also start enjoying true benefits of life.

Kids with very poor attitude may really struggle than their peers at school and society who have a better and positive attitude. In essence, positive attitudes are learned behaviors and parents who are positive, can teach only positive things to their kids. Positive parents always use positive words and sentences. They are also very encouraging and they avoid discouraging their kids at any cost. Kids always listen to positive parents and they also follow the set rules without any objections.

Improper attitudes can smell bad and really disgusting at times. Parenting to remove this stink will reward both the kid and parent. Kids are always kids, and they tend to resist your authority as a parent. You may wish to change and transform your kid's basic attitude by teaching them better living skills and attitude. All the best!

Thought for today:
"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. " - Andre Gide

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The Power of Positive Parenting: Raising Happy and Positive Kids in a Negative World

Positive parenting is often confused and misunderstood by many parents. Though, positive parenting looks difficult at first, it could be actually easy and simple when you know, learn and understand the basic principles of responsible and positive parenting.

Useful and Productive Tips for Positive Parenting

Positive parenting starts right at the moment when the baby is born. Your kid is actually your mirror image, especially when he or she is very young. Here are some useful and productive tips on how you can parent your kid in a positive way, right from the birth till the end of second year.


Q1: My daughter's Faith turned 6 recently. She is in the first grade and reads fluently. She learned to read on her own and can spell very well. She has a love for books. She is the youngest in her class. Her teacher said that she has bright kids in her class but faith is an exceptionally bright child. School work comes pretty easy to Faith. I had her IQ testes by a psychologist last week with WISC-IV and the full scale was 129. The psychologist said that if Faith is unsure of the answer she won't try to guess she just shut down....

A: The WISC-IV is a useful test for the gifted individuals due to its strengths in measuring verbal and visual reasoning, which are usually the strengths of the gifted population. Researches have indicated that the Verbal Comprehension Index Score is significantly higher than the Perceptual Reasoning, Working Memory, and Processing Speed Indices. The Perceptual Reasoning Index Score is significantly higher than the Working Memory and Processing Speed Indices, and the Working Memory Index Score is significantly higher than the Processing Speed Index. .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Testing for Giftedness Using the WISC-IV here.

Q2: My son now is 3 years old, he could speak 3 languages. When he is 1 years 9 months, he could speak phonics perfectly. At the age of 2 he could recite and write from A-Z. He is able to count to 0-100 and also counting backward. When he is 2 years 4 months he could speak One to Ten and type using a computer. Now he's using internet to search his ABC learning tool without and help from adult. And he got excellent memory by remember at which level of my relative and friends are staying. When we had vacation in Hong Kong for 1 week. He could tell you the color of the train station before arriving without making a mistake. He is now reading those little story book on his own. Presently my estimation is that he could read at least 250 words in 3 languages and spell 100 of them in English.

I not sure if he's a genius but I'm quite sure he's ahead of his peers....

A: your son certainly demonstrates exceptional abilities for his age. Yes, he is an exceptional child and there is quite a bit to do to help him develop his full potential. It appears that so far you are on the right track in nurturing him, so carry on with the good work.

It is good for him to be at school to mingle with other kids which is also a form of learning (social skills). I am not sure which country you are referring to; most have gifted association which provide resources for parents of gifted children. ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Nurturing Gifted Toddler here.


The Power of Positive Parenting: A Wonderful Way to Raise Children
By Glen I Latham

Perhaps the most important job we have as human beings is to be effective parents. Given the millions of variables that can affect the development of our children, however, there is no doubt that being a parent is also one of the most challenging jobs. Fortunately, Latham has written a wonderful book that details the successful application of principles of behavior analysis to the development of our children. The principles explained in great details in this book are applicable to children of every age, from new born, to adults. This is also a must read book for educators, teachers and counselors as it provides some of the best tips and methods to parent a child.


Positive Parenting: Raising Healthy Children from Birth to Three Years
By Alvin Eden and James Stockman III

It takes more than common sense to raise a healthy, happy and bright child. The first three years of life are crucial to a child's proper development. With the right information and advice, parents can help to assure their child's future success and happiness. This unique and easy to follow book teaches parents how they can encourage their young child's physical, emotional, and intellectual development, from infancy to their third birthday. This classic parenting book returns with new and revised material ready to guide the next generation of parents. With practical and positive information, this book will help improve your child's chances of achieving his or her full potential.



Study: Long-Term Breast Feeding Will Help Raise Child's IQ
Fox News May 06, 2008

Breast feed them and they just might be able to. A new study published in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry showed that children who are experiencing long term, exclusive breast feeding scored higher on intelligence tests than children who were given formula feed instead. The tests measured verbal intelligence, non verbal intelligence, and overall intelligence. Teachers also said that children who had been breast fed did significantly better in reading and writing.

Music is a vital part of child development
Standard Times Apr 29, 2008

Children's love for music often begins with bedtime lullabies and nursery rhymes. And, as they grow music continues to play an integral role in every part of a child's educational experience. The power of music can be seen in school district across the South Coast with each school system integrating music into student's classroom experience in different and unique ways.

Simple brain exercise can boost IQ
NewScientist Apr 28, 2008

Can mental training improve your intelligence? No video game or mental puzzle has convincingly been shown to work. But now a group of neuropsychologists claims it has found a task that can add points to a person's IQ – and the harder you train, they say, the more you gain.

Vegetarian Diet Linked To Higher IQ
Well Fed Apr 29, 2008

Experts say that a vegetarian diet is healthier than an omnivorous one because of the excess of meat eaten by meat eaters. But now it appears that vegetarians may very well be smarter too. A study published by a Southampton University team appears to establish a link between higher than average childhood IQ and becoming a vegetarian in adult life.

Learning: Raising an emotionally intelligent baby
King5 Apr 09, 2008

What dies it take to raise a happy child? For some 23 years, relationship expert, Dr.John Gottman, has been trying to determine that at his Seattle institute. His breakthrough research on marriage and relationships boils down to this: "The relationship between parents is the fundamental foundation, is the pillar that holds up the family and the greatest gift you can give your baby or your child is a loving relationship between the two of you".

Five Steps to a Nutritious Lunch
WFMJ Apr 8, 2008

School bells are ringing across the country as summer vacation comes to an end. Parents are gearing up for the challenging task of helping their children stay healthy in and out of the classroom. Obstacles abound. Pizza, hotdogs, and fries often take the center stage in school cafeterias. Vending machines and concession stands tempt students with junk food. Fund raisers flood school halls with donuts and candy bars.


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