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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 #12

ISSN: 0219-7642    Feb 14, 2008

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Surely all of us understand the importance of quality time. As parents, we try to keep our family life enjoyable and on an even keel, by spending more time with our kids. Our children need us in more than one way. They also form an inalienable part of our life. Keeping them in good humor is possibly the best thing we can do as responsible parents. As I talk about the importance of quality time, I remember one true incident that happened some years back.

Here was a close knit family with parents raising a young girl in her third year. Being a dual income family, it was a tough time for both father and mother to spend more time with their daughter. Both parents wanted to provide the best to their daughter. They were genuinely concerned about the welfare of their pretty child. Unfortunately, with a tough daily schedule and rigid office hours, it became increasingly difficult for them to look after the critical needs of their kid.

The little girl looked perfectly alright in her behavior and mannerisms, until one day when she started behaving in a strange manner. The parents could never understand her suddenly transformed behavior. The little beauty started to become aloof and withdrawn, which eventually got her parents worried. To rectify the situation, they sat down and discussed for hours to find out what went wrong. Soon, they started consulting a family counselor to find out the reasons for the incidents. After a number of visits to the clinic, they came to learn about shocking news that their daughter was suffering from acute loneliness and isolation. A big eye opener, this incident made the parents increasingly attentive towards the little baby. In fact, they took turns from their office hours to be with the kid and to provide the best time of her life. Now, the kid is ten years old with a pleasing demeanor and an excellent intellect.

What I was trying to inform you was that spending quality time with our kids is quite powerful to all of us, including our loving children. Having quality time also means a happy and hearty family with bubbly and highly energetic kids. All the best!

Thought for today:
"When you look at your life, the greatest happiness's are family happiness's " - Joyce Brothers

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Q1: Did the weight of the new born baby can affect his or her IQ as my daughter is born with low weight less than 2400 GM , and if it affect how much the effect and what i can do?

A: There have been numerous studies that claim low birth weight (usually lower than 2.5 kg) to have an adverse effect on intelligence. However, more recent studies, suggest that the weight to intelligence link extends to normal-sized babies as well. Having said that, most research in general indicated that higher birth weights meant slightly higher IQ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Effect of Birth Weight on Intelligence here.

Q2: I heard from my friend that first 3 years of child's life is very important for brain development. and there are critical periods and sensitive moments in a child's life for brain development. Could u please explain more to me. Thanks.

A: This is indeed true and involves a dynamic interplay of nature and nurture. Research in early brain development has highlighted up to the age of three for these periods. ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Early Brain Development: Critical and Sensitive Periods here.


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