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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


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Volume #8   Issue #7

ISSN: 0219-7642    Oct 18, 2009

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Focus and concentration are two of the most important attributes that can decide how your children grow and perform in their future. Nothing is possible unless someone develops an interest to learn things. To learn things, your children need an ability to comprehend the real meaning of things. To comprehend things in a better way, your children will need to focus on the whole learning process with undivided attention. However, humans cannot concentrate on a particular task for a long time.

Your children are humans too! You must understand their inherent limitations in concentrating on certain things – especially lessons and courses. However, mental focusing and concentration are very critical for your children's academic and personal success. Better mental focus means better understanding of the subject matter and easier comprehension of the summary of the subject. In a traditional classroom, your children must show an active interest in their studies. If they are unable to focus on their lessons, they may show reduced classroom performances.

Helping your children to enhance or develop focusing will lay a very strong foundation for future success. Teachers and parents have the ultimate responsibility to mould their children to perform better in the classroom. Obviously, the first step in this direction is teaching how to focus and concentrate on an assigned task. I hope you'll find this issue to be helpful. Take care!

Thought for today:
"The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day." - M. Grundler

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Andrew Loh
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Mental Focusing Techniques - Basics
Mental focusing is an important aspect of one's personality. Without proper focusing, it is very difficult to achieve success in life. Children can find it very difficult focusing on their lessons and classroom projects. Mental focus and concentration are two of the most enduring words that baffle psychologists and academicians alike.

Mental Focusing Techniques - How to Improve Focusing in Children
Focusing on an assigned task can be very difficult. In nature, humans have a very short attention span. Everyone needs to take a small break before resuming on the pending task. You can use a number of techniques to teach your children how to enhance focus and concentration.


Engaging Children's Minds
By Lilian G. Katz and Sylvia C. Chard

This book clarifies and articulates the process and benefits of the project approach. These specific examples outline how children's intellectual development is enhanced. Years of working with teachers and young children from preschool to primary age provide the author with first-hand experience for employing the project approach.

Helpful guidelines will aid teachers in working with this approach comfortably in order to gain the interest of children and in order for those children to grow and flourish mentally. This book has a range of useful information that every parent and teacher can use to develop their children's brain.


A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children
By James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore Edward R. Amend and Arlene R. DeVries

A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children is filled with strong and specific advice that parents of gifted kids will certainly take to heart. It offers a comprehensive analysis of what it takes to parent a gifted child. It is an invaluable guide for parents, grandparents, and others who love a gifted child.

At 400 pages, it is not as long as the manual for a home computer, but much more important and far more interesting. A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children is an outstanding resource to help you understand the gifted child in your life. It's truly an extraordinary parenting book. It satisfies a parent's quest for solid information and practical advice on managing social, emotional, and cognitive issues like no other text. This book should be required reading for all parents.



Eating Licorice In Pregnancy May Affect A Child's IQ And Behavior
Science Daily Oct 7, 2009

A study of eight-year-old children whose mothers ate large amounts of licorice when pregnant found they did not perform as well as other youngsters in cognitive tests. They were also more likely to have poor attention spans and show disruptive behavior such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

1 Step to Raise Your Child's IQ Today
Psych Central Sep 28, 2009

Want to raise your child's IQ by 5 points right now? Don't spank them anymore. So says the results of yet another study looking at the negative effects of spanking on children. This one tracked IQ changes in 1,400 children ages 2 to 9 over 4 years. The results? Children who had been spanked - even infrequently - suffered from an average 5-point deficit on the IQ test.

The problem with gifted children
BBC Oct 13, 2009

Far from being a pushy parent, Joe Wrigley says he entered his two-year-old son Oscar into high IQ society Mensa to set up a support network. The Tilehurst toddler has an IQ of 160, on a par with Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

The brilliant brain
Asia One Oct 03, 2009

Eight-year-old Fidelia Chan is playing a computer game at a 'brain training' class for kids. Eyes glued to the colorful animation on the screen, she clicks her responses to auditory cues she hears on her headphones, racing confidently through different games.

How Much Television is Too Much? Science Weighs In
Huffington Post Oct 14, 2009

Scientists have it in for television. On the surface, television seems to be a big, bad creature that corrupts youth. Promising athletes are transformed into immobile, morbidly obese balls of flesh. Courtesy of Showtime, kind, compassionate children become violent, sex-crazed lunatics. If your kid is typical, television plays a big part in their life, so pay attention.


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