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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 #23

ISSN: 0219-7642    July 20, 2008

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Handling frequently changing emotions in children is a dicey affair! Children could be too fickle minded and emotionally immature. Parents need special skills to manage their children's ever changing emotions. Your child can get emotionally distressful due to a number of reasons. Sometime, handling such children could be a Herculean task as well. Each family has different notions of what a correct display of emotions is. Yours may be entirely different when compared to others. In some families, its is perfectly alright for their children to yell and scream, while in other, it could be a strict NO! In other families, even an unfriendly or a harsh tone in children's voice may not be tolerated.

Simply speaking, a display of emotional outburst is an event that emanates from deep inside your child's heart and soul. It could be due a number of causes and reasons. As a parent, you may need to study and understand why your child is behaving in a strange manner and how various factors play an active role in creating an emotionally distressing situation. Your child can become emotionally frustrated, because they may not get what they wanted (say a toy or even parent's attention). Emotions could also rise because of grief (your child may feel that he or she is sad due to some unknown reasons), humiliation (an incidence of failure), insecurity (feelings of neglect and isolation), anger (denied rightful things), worries (feelings arising due to fears and apprehensions) and feelings of hopelessness (feelings of despair and disappointments).

Managing emotions in children needs common sense, skills and considerable knowledge from parents. You may wish to learn the basics and fundamentals of this elusive topic to manage your child's emotions in this issue of BrainyZine. Have a great week ahead!

Thought for today:
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. " - Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Gifted Children
Gifted children could also pose a big challenge to their parents, especially, when dealing with their changing emotional needs and requirements. Gifted children own and master very unique emotional perceptions and expressions that are entirely different than those nurtured by normal children. Hence, managing ever changing emotions of such children may become a big and monumental task for parents.

Assist Your Children Handle Their Emotions
Handling children's fickle emotions is possibly the biggest concern and worry for every parent. Children can get emotionally distressed because of a number of reasons. Understanding your children's emotional needs and requirements should become a top priority and an important agenda in life. Emotionally stable and robust children can be responsible and caring towards their friends and peers as well as other family members.


Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children
By Linda Lantieri and Daniel Goleman

what is the most important piece of your child's education program? If you think it is math, science or grammar, you might be overlooking an element that is fast becoming an essential in today's stressful world: cultivating inner resiliency. In building emotional intelligence, pioneering educators offer a breakthrough guide for helping children quite their minds, calm their bodies, and identify their emotions and manage them.

Now available to the public for the first time, here are some proven techniques arranged according to age group, complimented by spoken word CD with exercises provided by the authors. With building emotional intelligence, parents, teachers and care givers have the tools necessary to help build these individuals skills in the children they raise.


Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
By John Gottman, Joan Declaire and Daniel Goleman

In this book, the authors explore the emotional relationship between parents and children. It is not enough to simply reject an authoritarian model of parenting. A parent needs to be concerned with the quality of emotional interactions. The authors focus first on the parent and provide a series of exercises to access parenting styles and emotional awareness.

The authors identify a five step "emotion coaching" process to help teach children how to recognize and address their feelings, which includes becoming aware of the child's emotions; recognizing that dealing with these emotions as an opportunity for intimacy; listening empathetically; helping the child label emotions; setting the limits and problem solving.



Boost Your Child's Brainpower by Simply Letting Them Spend More Time on a Playground
Typepad July 11, 2008

We all know kids love playgrounds. Now, research shows that playing on the ground can boost brainpower too! Playing has been linked to emotional, social, motor, and cognitive development. Playgrounds facilitate the benefits of pure, spontaneous and active free play. Some ways they do it are listed in this article. As our children get smarter and intelligent by playing in the ground, we also benefit from our renewed relationships with happy and well adjusted children as well!

Co-operation of Parents Leads to a Successful Child
Health Wiki July 07, 2008

The world is becoming more and more competitive. To compete with it, education is the key motive to success. Nowadays, parents are fully involved in their children's education. This is the era where everyone is realizing the significance and quality of education. Countries are spending wholesome of capital on quality education. Even the local schools are more apprehensive towards quality education.

Poor sleep affects kid's learning ability
India Times-ANI July 05, 2008

Lack of sleep can adversely affect the ability of kids to learn and interact at school, according to new study. The new survey led by Melbourne researchers has revealed that nearly a quarter of children aged six and seven have poor sleeping habits, which has a strong effect on their health, behavior and learning ability.

A Gene For Genius?
Newsweek July 02, 2008

In the angry debate over how much of IQ comes from the genes that children inherit from parents and how much comes from experiences, one little fact gets overlooked: no one has identified any genes (other than those that cause retardation) that affect intelligence.

Do You Want Your Child to be a Lifetime Language Learner?
Blogspot July 08, 2008

Do you realize that ninety percent of our brain is developed by age five? Have you heard how the first five years of life are the most crucial to the cognitive development of a human being? Even if you do not have the time to read the latest statistics or scour the journals reporting on the most recent research on brain development, I hope to share with you just how much of a difference you can make as a parent during the very early years.

When Milk is Introduced to Toddlers
Nutrition for Toddlers July 14, 2008

Toddlers should have 500 mg of calcium everyday. This requirement is easily met if your child gets the recommended two servings of dairy foods everyday. An important part of toddler's diet, milk provides calcium and Vitamin D to help build strong bones. In addition, milk also contains carbohydrates, fat, and zinc as well as Vitamins B2, B12, and A. Kids under age 2 should have whole milk to provide the dietary fat they need for normal growth and brain development.


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