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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 #12

ISSN: 0219-7642    Nov 11, 2012

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Different parenting terms like "demanding mom", "aggressive parents", "tiger mom" or "ruling parents" have found their way into the domain of everyday parenting. However, the most intricate question that often troubles many parents is much thought provoking too. Does excessive parenting, which borders on creating more difficulties for children than actually helping them, is good or bad. Does it really help both children and their parents?

Aggressive parenting might not work at all! Rather, it is counter-productive in nature and it might even spoil the career of a child. So, what works best for a parent? "Erudite parenting" or "intelligent parenting" are optimal in nature because it involves parental love, affection, just enough discipline, involvement and responsibility. A parent that respects children's freedom and autonomy is an intelligent parent. A parent who sets measurable expectations for her children is an informed parent.

Past and present research studies indicate that intelligent parenting as described above help raise children who are academically, socially, psychologically and professionally superior and secure than the ones who grow under an authoritative parenting regime. What type of parent are you? An honest assessment and self-evaluation of your parental attitude might help you very much, In the meanwhile, you can self-evaluate your parenting style by taking some simple quizzes and questionnaires (click here and here). Have a nice day!

Thought for today:
"You've only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you've got!" - Unknown

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Child Brain Training - Is It a Myth or Reality?
Child brain is a unique organ that transforms and changes almost every second, minute, hour and day. Child brain training is an amazing concept that can help parents to enhance innumerable brain functions. However, there is a still a big debate raging on in the academic world about the feasibility of adapting brain training in every day life. Is brain training a myth or reality? Let us check. Click to learn more.

Brain Training for Pre-school Children - Unique Methods and Techniques
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Q1: My 9 year old son just took the WISC IV and the Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale section for Quantitative Reasoning. His school is telling me that he is not qualified for excel classes. I do not understand their reasoning. I also feel there is a need for more testing due to the big difference between PRI, VCI and WMI, PSI. Through researching about this type of IQ test, I have found that when there is a big difference between the four categories (verbal, perceptual, working processing) that additional testing is needed. Am I correct?

A: It is unclear on the kind of results you were expecting. Is your son showing signs of superior intelligence in an area but is not reflected in the scores? Based on the standard norms, his full scale IQ score is in the average range (90-109). His WMI and PSI are in the above average range; however brought down by his VCI and PRI scores..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Discrepancy between Subset Scores on the WISC-IV here.

Q2: My 8 year old son is diagnosed with communication disorders. High functioning child learning in a regular class. Third grade. Since early childhood he showed up sighs of high abilities such as: 6-7 months he liked particular TV program teaching young children colours, shapes and so on.. At first I thought he was just watching...without understanding. I quickly realized that he started to learned to say numbers, letters, age of 6-7 months!! and identify it on the screen....

A: There are a lot of questions in mind regarding what you have written. I would require much more details to be able to advise here but I would try my best with what is described. From your letter, I am able to determine that your son is indeed highly advanced and possibly twice exceptional (gifted with a disability). His abilities as an infant are very advanced especially if it is self-learnt.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Highly Able Child with Communication Disorder here.

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Latest Brainy News

What's the difference between these two brains?
The Telegraph Oct 28, 2012

Prof Schore points out that if a baby is not treated properly in the first two years of life, the genes for various aspects of brain function, including intelligence, cannot operate, and may not even come into existence. Nature and nurture cannot be disentangled: the genes a baby has will be profoundly affected by the way it is treated.

Foods that help improve your IQ
Deccan Herald Oct 25, 2012

In a recent study conducted by University of London, researchers have come to the conclusion that children growing up on fast food are likely to develop a lower Intelligence Quotient (IQ) in comparison to those who take freshly cooked meals.

How to boost your baby's brainpower
Sowetan Live Oct 15, 2012

We all want our kids to be intelligent - not geniuses, but bright enough to do well at school and thrive later in life. To a certain extent (about 50%) their genes determine the level of your son or daughter's intelligence. But the other 50% is, rather frighteningly down to you.

Just 10 books can help children develop
IOL Oct 25, 2012

Children whose homes are filled with books don't just have the fun of being read to. They also enjoy the benefits years later. A study has found that if just ten children's books are to hand when a child is four, a part of their brain involved in language and thought matures more quickly by the age of 18 or 19.Access to educational toys and trips to the zoo and amusement parks also help.

Baby signing classes 'fail to boost toddlers' language skills'
The Telegraph Nov 03, 2012

Academics claimed there was no evidence that the lessons - in which babies are taught simple gestures to communicate their everyday needs - enable children to talk quicker than their peers. In a three-year study, it was claimed that the strategy could make mothers more responsive to their children's non-verbal cues but failed to actually boost infants' vocabulary.

Parenting Prodigies Is Less Fun Than It Looks
NY Times Oct 31, 2012

"How Do You Raise a Prodigy?" Andrew Solomon asks in The Times Magazine. For years, he has been exploring the world of children who are not just gifted, but prodigiously gifted - a difference "so evident as to resemble a birth defect."

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