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


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Volume #4   Issue #1

ISSN: 0219-7642    Sep 18, 2005

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Do you realize that, as a parent, we play different CEO roles at home? Most of the times, we are the "Chief Explain Officer", explaining to our kids all the times why we want /do not want them to do certain things or tasks. Despite some repeat explanation, kids can't seem to stop questioning you! While we want our kids to follow our teaching, occasionally we may want to be a "Chief Empower Officer"! We want to empower our kids to make their own decision so that we are cultivating kids who can think for themselves.

Every now and then when our kids are facing special challenges or problems in life or school, they know we are the "Chief Encourage Officer" who will always be at their side. Finally, our kids always see us as role models, so the last thing we want to be is "Chief Excuse Officer"...;-) If you have some special "CEO" roles at home now that you want to share, please email it to me! See Ya!

"Hold your child's hand every chance you get. The time will come all too soon when he or she won't let you."

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Quiz: Is your child an independent thinker?
By Dr. Elisa Medhus

Mixed Blessings - Thoughts based on Helpline Enquires
By Elaine Hook - An Education Consultant for 'The National Association for Gifted Children, Britain'


Q1: I'm a 28 year old PhD student in ecology in the USA. I took an IQ test (Wechsler variety for kids) at age 6 and scored a 131. At the time I stuttered badly so the tester suggested I return after speech therapy as my ability to answer questions was compromised at the time. At age 12 I took another Wechsler and scored 144.... Anyway, I was wondering if my earlier scores at age 12 are the most reliable?

A:Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Reliability of IQ Scores over Time here!

Q2:My three year old son can read books on his own such as Stellaluna, Frog and Toad are Friends and The Little House. He began spelling words when he was two, with magnetic letters and can now spell several hundred words such as elevator, umbrella and sighed. we have never "taught" him how to read or spell, the reading just "happened one day" and spelling has always seemed natural to him.....He seems so different from other children his age that we don't know if kindergarten is appropriate and are now seeking alternatives. Thanks!

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Early Reader/Speller here!




Seven Times Smarter : 50 Activities, Games, and Projects to Develop the Seven Intelligences of Your Child (Paperback)
* By Laurel  Schmidt
* Review: 5 Stars

Based on the theory of multiple intelligences developed by Harvard's Dr. Howard Gardner, veteran educator Laurel Schmidt provides 50 creative and constructive activities that prompts kids aged 6 to 14 to work their brains and cultivate new skills. It is a practical approach for parents to provide active and engaging learning experiences for their children that will foster new levels of curiosity and nurture a passion for creativity.












Your Baby Can Read, Set 1
* Studio: Infant Learning Co.
* Starring: Dr. Robert Titzer
* Review: 5 Stars

One customer review: My Baby Can Read!!!

My daughter is 13 months and can read more words than I can keep up with. These DVD's are amazing!!! I promise if you follow the parent instructions your baby will learn how to read and recognize letters very easily. I bought the DVD set, when my daughter was 4 months old. She has watched it everyday twice a day ever since and still LOVES IT. She started to clap at 9 months and could read the word clap at 9 months old. She learned all her body parts at 12 months: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, teeth, tongue, neck, mouth, belly,toes, feet, and hands. She can read all the body parts as well. She has even learned big words like elephant and animals. She cannot yet pronounce all the letters, but this will come. This DVD has helped her learn everything faster. I have incorporated sign language and she easily learns a sign after a week. She can sign, book, more, eat, hot, and itsy, bitsy spider.

I can go on and on about what she can do, but more importantly these DVDs open you up to what BABIES can learn at an early age. I feel there is nothing that I cannot teach her as long as I do it in a fun and playful way.


Sleep Well, Learn Well
San Jose Mercury News Aug 31, 2005

In children, a lack of sleep can impair their ability to learn, retain information, even form memories. The brain really needs rest to sift through the events of the day, organize memories and make sense of all the information that it has taken in, said Dr. David Hiestand, pediatric sleep specialist with The Sleep Center at Lexington's Samaritan Hospital.

Reading to children feeds the brain
The Australian Sep 10, 2005

Words from a parent's mouth register in the growing brain first as a jumble or kaleidoscope of sound, but quickly patterns are recognised - stimulating nerves to grow and make new connections.

Toxic tests on unborn babies 'alarming'
icWales Sep 8, 2005

A new report says babies are being exposed to hazardous non-stick chemicals, flame-retardants, and perfumes at the most vulnerable point in their development. Hazardous chemicals in cord blood, also highlights the possible effects of chemicals on children's brain development and intelligence.

Scientists Discover How Fish Oil Protects the Brain
Yahoo! News Sep 9, 2005

Louisiana State University scientists say they have discovered how the fatty acids found in fish oil help protect the human brain from the type of cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Odd Behavior and Creativity May Go Hand-in-Hand
Newswise Sep 6, 2005

A quirky or socially awkward approach to life might be the key to becoming a great artist, composer or inventor. New research in individuals with schizotypal personalities offers the first neurological evidence that these individuals are more creative than normal or fully schizophrenic people.

Too Many Tasks May Reduce Your I.Q.
NBC 4 Sep 13, 2005

In a multi-tasking world, where we have to perform many tasks all at once, a new study says all that extra effort may reduce your I.Q.


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