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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 #2   Issue #21

ISSN: 0219-7642    Aug 13, 2004

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Failure - Boon or Burden for Children?
By Dr. Elisa Medhus

As parents, we can raise our children to both welcome and learn from the mistakes they will surely make during their lives instead of being shattered by them. We can teach them to use their mistakes to help them grow instead of allowing those mistakes to generate external reactions that will make them wither. Only then can they strive for personal excellence, which, when it boils right down to it, is what we really want for them.

How to be smart about smart toys?

Technology has become second nature to today's kids. Not only do they get their hands on computers as early as kindergarten but the stores are now full of "smart" toys that incorporate some level of computer technology. But what does a smart toy do, and how does playing with one affect your child?


Brainy Baby - Peek-A-Boo 
By The Brainy Baby Company
For children Ages 6 - 36 months

"Peek-A-Boo" reintroduces the long-time favorite first game in a variety of amusing visuals that will capture children's attention again and again. The colorful toys, mobiles, and dancing marionettes will enchant infants who are just beginning to distinguish colors and shapes.

Toddler viewers will be delighted by matching, size-comparison and lets-find-it games. Throughout the program are parents and grandparents singing favorites like "Wheels on the Bus" and "You Are My Sunshine" with their own little ones.

Note: Brainy Baby videos and DVDs have received rave reviews and over 20 awards from such prestigious organizations as Dr. Toy, Parent's Choice, The National Parenting Publications of America, KIDS FIRST!, The Dove Foundation, and more. Parenting Magazine included Brainy Baby on their "Best Kid Vid of the Year" picks in 2003.



Brainy Baby - Laugh & Learn 
By The Brainy Baby Company
For children Ages 6 - 36 months

"Laugh & Learn" moves ahead to teach not only colors, numbers and letters, but also shapes, sizes and proportions. Real children and wonderful toys help to differentiate opposites such as near and far, over and under, fast and slow.

A breathtaking view of fish, dolphins and undersea life is sure to enchant. Matching and guessing games invite interaction, and viewers won't be able to resist embracing their natural playfulness and silliness as they watch the kids on the screen giving in to theirs. Song favorites like "The Alphabet Song" and "Bingo" are also shared with adults and their children.


Help your child think out of the box
TheStraitsTimes Aug 9, 2004

Parents can use everyday objects and leading questions to motivate children to think...

> See the book Liberating the Creative Spirit in Asian Students by Dr. Ng Aik Kwang.

Giving kids passion for learning Aug 2, 2004

When Ron Clark started teaching a decade ago, he never thought he would be a widely read author and a nationally honored teacher of the year.

His first book, "The Essential 55," spent four months on The New York Times best-seller list. His latest, "The Excellent 11," has provided teachers and parents with tips on how to motivate and inspire children to learn.

> See the book The Excellent 11: Qualities teachers and parents use to motivate, inspire, and educate children by Ron Clark

Nurturing Intelligence
The Star Online Aug 12, 2004

Recent brain research on primates and humans confirms the principle of neural plasticity, that is, following enriching experiences, our brains become more fully developed. What this means is that we can actually grow better brains in our children by providing them with enriching experiences.

Professor to parents: Be loving, yet firm Aug 2, 2004

What works best for raising happy, competent and independent children, according to Temple University psychology professor Laurence Steinberg: "It's parenting that is warm, but firm," Steinberg says. It involves structure, rules and expectations, but "there is a lot of praise and affection and kindness."

> See the book The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting by Dr. Laurence Steinberg here.

Deep sleep is a learning experience
SwissInfo Aug 12, 2004

If you want to pass an exam, you should get a good night's sleep beforehand, a Swiss researcher has found.

Not all kids will excel in traditional way
SeattleTimes Aug 7, 2004

Some kids appear lazy, unmotivated or don't work up to their potential. But, these kids actually approach learning differently. At home they come across as intelligent and motivated, but in the traditional classroom, academic performance lags......

Young brains don't distinguish real from televised violence
Psychiatric News Aug 6, 2004

The first small brain-mapping study of young children watching violent scenes from televised movies suggests the brain processes the event as a real threat.

Born to breastfeed
Bowling Green Daily News Aug 9, 2004

Some benefits of breastfeeding include enhanced brain development, higher IQ scores, better speech development, straighter teeth, stronger and more developed facial muscles, optimum mother-infant bonding and a reduced risk of ear infections, asthma, allergies, childhood leukemia, diabetes, hereditary high cholesterol, childhood obesity and sudden infant death syndrome.


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