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


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Volume #9   Issue #16

ISSN: 0219-7642    Feb 20, 2011

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Humor can infuse a fresh breathe of air into an otherwise dull personal and family life. However, it seems that most families around the world are missing this vital ingredient of life. whatever has happened to our sense of humor? Why families and parents are missing this vital aspect of life?

Humor is as important as any other aspect of life. Starting the day with a healthy round of humor can easily keep the entire day fresh and interesting. Humor can easily turn a dull day into an energizing one. Have a great laugh today!

Thought for today:
"A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life." - William Arthur Ward

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Effective Communication with Children - Learning the Basics
Communication is the basic essence of life. Better communication is an important tool for life success. Effective communication is also critical for everyone including your children.

Effective Communication with Children - Techniques and Tips
Teaching communication skills to your children should be a top priority, because it is a tool that will help them perform better in their classroom and out of it. Parents could use several techniques and methods to train their children in the art of effective communication.


Q1: My son is 6 years old. He is 1 grader in a gifted school. Basically, he is a smart and shy boy and like to be challenged. But he is a bit mature than the boys at his age and always criticizes himself. For example, I got his grade progress last week and he had highest score at every parts like achievement, behavior, homework, effort... I was very happy to see the progress report and told him he is a best student and I am really proud of him. But he looked very calm and said there will always be some one better than him and he cannot be the best. He said he was not good at raising his hand to ask and answer the question although he wants to ask question or he knows the answer...

A: Researches on gifted children have indicated that a good number of them are introverted, shy and sensitive due to their heightened awareness of self and others. It sounds like your son may be an introvert. It is popularly believed that introverts are asocial, friendless loners who lack social skills. But this is simply untrue. They just happen to have different social needs and preferences .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Gifted and Introvert here.

Q2: I am a parent of a gifted child. Every test that my son (Tyrone Ferguson) has every taken he has exceeded the standards, Scoring highest in math and science. He has been in accelerated classes since the 4th grade. He has always been very unorganized and it is a growing concern of mine because it continues to hinder him, it causes him to be very forgetful. My questions:

  • Are gifted children usually unorganized?

  • What can I do to help him?

A: Yes, it is a fact that gifted children can be quite disorganized. This is due to the quick paced minds of these children cognitively, making them busy thinking over thousands of things at one time. This reflects in their actions and behavior and you may even find that their rooms can be very disorganized. ...Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Gifted and Disorganized here.

Q3: I have a 8 year old son and 4 year old daughter. My son has been studying in Australia for 2 years and my daughter was only attending preschool for 1 month. Her teachers in her school loved her for being smart. Now she is in one of the International School in Klang, Malaysia in term 2010 she hardly attended complete 1 month class because she couldn't adjust to weather and was falling ill frequently. But in her term 1 the 1st week of school, her teacher commented that she wants to answer, raise her hand up always even she doesn't know the answer and she said she is very active and socializing is good but no concentration.....

A: I clearly see a cultural adjustment issue here. While Australia has gone rather deep in research and practice in Gifted Education, Malaysia is still relatively new in this area, more so for younger children as the attention and focus is for older kids. Unfortunately, this is a setback for your daughter as teachers in Malaysia are hardly equipped with awareness of giftedness, let alone training on how to handle such kids..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Impact of Cultural Differences on a Gifted Child here.


Between Parent and Child: The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child Communication
By Dr. Haim, G. Ginott and Alice Ginott

Over the past thirty-five years, Between Parent and Child has helped millions of parents around the world strengthen their relationships with their children. Written by renowned psychologist Dr. Haim Ginott, this revolutionary book offered a straightforward prescription for empathetic yet disciplined child rearing and introduced new communication techniques.

In this revised edition, Dr. Alice Ginott, clinical psychologist and wife of the late Haim Ginott, and family relationship specialist Dr. H. Wallace Goddard usher this bestselling classic into the new century while retaining the book's positive message and Haim Ginott's warm, accessible voice.


Helping Children to Improve Their Communication Skills: Therapeutic Activities for Teachers, Parents and Therapists
By Deborah M. Plummer and Alice Harper

For many children, the act of communication which most of us take for granted can be a struggle, and communicating with others can become something to fear rather than enjoy. This creative book is full of fun and imaginative ideas to help children aged 4-11 with a speech or language delay or disorder to develop their communication skills.

It is packed with activities and games specifically tailored to help develop skills such as articulation, vocabulary development, breath control, conversation skills and non-verbal communication. Tips for personalizing and shaping the activities are also provided.



Exercise makes kids smarter
Health 24 Feb 14, 2011

When overweight, sedentary kids start to exercise regularly, their ability to think, to plan and even to do math improves, a new study suggests. In addition, exercise was linked to increased activity in the parts of the brain associated with complex thinking and self-control, according to brain imaging scans analyzed by the researchers.

Healthy diet 'boosts childhood IQ
BBC Feb 08, 2011

Eating chips, chocolate and cake may be damaging to a child's intelligence, according to researchers at Bristol University. Their study suggests a link between a diet high in processed foods and a slightly lower IQ.

Language education is critical for developing brains
Concord Monitor Jan 29, 2011

We are language-learning machines. Brain study has shown that the greatest amount of the brain activity happens in the earliest years of the child. His primary activity, in which he is practically guaranteed success by design, is language acquisition.

Video Games Promote Brain Development in Kids
Suit 101 Feb 05, 2011

There is growing scientific evidence to indicate that playing video games may actually be beneficial for a child's brain development. Games such as Super Mario Bros., which were widely considered violent, have in fact shown benefits in terms of developing a child's sharp responsiveness and creative activity of the brain.

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child From Zero to Five
Vegas Mike Feb 05, 2011

John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School - a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed.

For Kids, Self-Control Factors Into Future Success
NPR Feb 14, 2011

Self-control keeps us from eating a whole bag of chips or from running up the credit card. A new study says that self-control makes the difference between getting a good job or going to jail - and we learn it in preschool.


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