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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 #4   Issue #3

ISSN: 0219-7642    Oct 16, 2005

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This fairy tale tells about a circle that had a piece missing. A large triangular wedge had been cut out of it. The circle wanted to be whole with nothing missing, so it went around looking for it's missing piece. But because it was incomplete and therefore could only roll very slowly, it admired the flowers along the way. It chatted with the worms. It enjoyed the sunshine. It found lots of different pieces, but none of them fit. So it left them all by the side of the road and continued searching. Then one day the circle found a piece that fit perfectly. It was so happy. Now it could be whole, with nothing missing. It was incorporated the missing piece into itself and began to roll. Now that it was a perfect circle, it could roll very fast, too fast to notice the flowers or to talk the worms. When it realized how different the world seemed when it rolled so quickly by, it stopped, left its found piece by the side of the road and rolled slowly slowly ...... away.....

In some strange sense we are more whole when we are missing something. The person who has everything is in some ways a poor person. He will never know what it feels like to yearn, to hope, to nourish his soul with the dream of something better. He will never know the experience of having someone who loves him give him something he has always wanted and never had. There is a wholeness about the person who has to come to terms with his own limitations, who has been brave enough to let go of his unrealistic dreams and not feel like a failure for doing so. There is wholeness about the man or woman who has learned that he or she is strong enough to go through a tragedy and survive who can lose someone and still feel like a complete person. Life like a baseball season, where even the best team loses one-third of the games and even the worst has its days of brilliance.

Our goal is to win more games than we lose. When we accept that imperfection is part of human being, and that we can continue rolling through life and appreciating it, we will achieve a wholeness that others can only aspire to. And at the end, if we are brave enough to love, strong enough to forgive, generous enough to rejoice in another's happiness, and wise enough to know there is enough love to go around for us all, then we can achieve a fulfillment that no other living creature will ever know.

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The secrets to improving kids' behaviour
By Micheal Grose


Q1: Hi, I have an eight year olds boy and he is currently in Primary 2 (or Grade 2 in other country). I believed very strongly that he is a very bright and intelligent student. The only problem we (wife and I) face is his attitude towards his schoolwork. In our opinion, we find him very lazy and he always has an excuse for not getting it done.... I see that he is a smart boy, just too lazy. So, how do we correct laziness?

A: Find Dr. Sandhu's answer on Gifted/Smart but Lazy

Q2: My daughter will be 5 on the 12th of August. She is very good in computer since the age of 3 and very alert and advance in everything. Just this week, she read one big story book (it is a Grade 3 story book) by herself loud and clear. Her memory is very sharp and seems to remember every small incident. Currently she is in kindergarten one. I am planning to send her for a mensa IQ test. Could you please advice?

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Intelligence testing - Mensa IQ Test

Q3: My 19 month old seems to be quite advanced for her age. She speaks in complete sentences and has been doing so since she was 17 months old. She knows all the letters, can spell her name and recognize several words, can count to 20, knows her left from her right, comprehends opposites such as heavy, light, young, old etc., knows how to get places in the car (will tell me which way to go) as well as having an advanced vocabulary (uses words such as actually, delicious etc). She seems to pick up information at an amazing rate - sometimes I feel like I can't keep up with her. Is there anything I should or shouldn't do to encourage this? Thank you.

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Above-Average Development




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* By Kristi Dear
* Review: 5 Stars

Finally, your kids have a positive outlet for all that energy. Kids that exercise feel better; have improved concentration and rest easier. 

Research has proven that children who exercise are more inclined to build positive habits that lead to happier, healthier lives into adulthood. 

This DVD specifically designed each section to positively energize children to GET FIT through fun sing-a-long songs improving their major muscle groups and cardiovascular system. 





Opposites and More
* By Baby BumbleBee
* Review: 5 Stars

An excellent teaching tool that teaches children about the concept of 'opposite' such as up/down, big/little, fast/slow ..etc with great illustration.









Fish consumption during pregnancy helps fetal brain development Oct 12, 2005

Many people know that eating fish during pregnancy boosts mental capacity of babies. A new Harvard study confirmed that fish consumption during the second trimester may aid fetal brain development.

Fatty acids vital to the brain
News Strait Times Oct 12, 2005

Better brain function, motor co-ordination, visual performance and immunity for a child are dependent on a sufficient intake of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids by the expectant mother.

Milk for the clever child
News Strait Times Oct 11, 2005

Studies show that dietary quality is a significant factor in children's cognitive and motor development. Animal source foods like milk and meat are nutrient-rich foods which contain high quality protein, important vitamins and minerals which should be included in your children's diet.

Healthy mind, healthy baby
Health24 Oct 11, 2005

There is increasing evidence that a mother's moods and emotions have a significant impact on the development of her unborn baby. Severe stress is associated with a higher risk of miscarriages, preterm labour and lower birth weight. It may also be associated with changes in babies' behaviour.

TV 'stunts' child brain development Oct 2, 2005

Watching TV may damage children's brain development leading to increased anti-social behaviour, new research claims. There is also a correlation between the amount of television children watch and the degree of educational damage they suffer, according to the report by Dr Aric Sigman, who is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Kids Talk : Attention deficit to attention abundance
NWAnews Oct 10, 2005

Dr. David Stein, author of "Ritalin is Not the Answer" and father of two sons diagnosed with ADHD, says our children have learned to be inattentive instead of learning to pay attention. Children with ADHD haven't been shown how or when to pay attention.

Set an example by exercising, eating right
Bradenton Herald Oct 8, 2005

If your child sees you exercising daily, he or she will know that you care about yourself and your health. Exercise relays an important message of self-discipline, self-motivation and self-respect. If your children see you eating whole foods, they'll be inclined to eat whole foods, too.

Sleeping on their sides is bad for babies
USA Today Oct 9, 2005

To best protect babies from sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, they should be offered pacifiers and should not sleep on their sides, pediatricians advised Monday.


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