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


~ B R A I N Y - Z I N E ~

" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #12   Issue #05

ISSN: 0219-7642    Jul 21, 2013

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Emotions can run very intense and deep. It is so especially among children. Children, with their developing brains, are prone to extreme fluctuations in emotions and inner feelings. In fact, if not developed properly, negative emotions could be disadvantageous to growing children. Apart from scholastic and academic IQs, children also need emotional IQ to develop various social skills that are so much needed to survive in a world that is full of intense and cut-throat competition.

SEL or Social Emotional Learning is a great concept to boost various social skills and superior emotional IQs among children. In fact, an emotionally balanced child can easily learn many social skills that are mandatory for achieving personal and professional success. According to CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning), “Social and emotional learning involves the processes of developing social and emotional competencies in children.” Incidentally, CASEL was founded in 1994 by Daniel Goleman, the author of Emotional Intelligence, and other noted philanthropists.

The overall goal of teaching SEL is to enhance children's positive behavior by reducing negative ones. In other words, social emotional learning is known to enhance social-emotional skills, improve attitudes about self and others, and boost productive social interactions with friends and peers. All the best!

Thought for today:
"If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far." - Daniel Goleman

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Feature Articles

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) - Empowering Children with Superior Social and Emotional Skills - Part I
Emotional health in children is as important and critical as academic and scholastic skills. An emotionally stable child can easily learn a series of social skills that boost both personal and professional life. Click to learn more.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) - Empowering Children with Superior Social and Emotional Skills - Part II
Emotionally stronger and stable children are capable of displaying several social skills. Training them in SEL (social emotional learning) could provide them several other benefits too. Read the article to learn more.

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Pathways to Competence: Encouraging Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children
By Sarah Landy Ph.D

Readers will get the most up-to-date research findings on each social and emotional area; know what social-emotional milestones a child should reach at each age level; address parents' most common questions about hot topics such as challenging behavior, language development, discipline, play, and feeding and sleeping problems; get a wide range of simple, concrete strategies and principles to use with children in their care and share with caregivers to promote their children's development in each key area; guide caregivers with updated exercises and activities that sharpen their parenting skills; select and use appropriate assessment tools; understand all the major theories related to social and emotional development; test their own knowledge with updated discussion questions in each chapter.


Seven Skills for School Success: Activities to Develop Social and Emotional Intelligence in Young Children
By Pam Schiller, Ph.D

What do children need to learn first? Their ABCs? Their numbers? As it turns out, the “what” children need to develop is their social intelligence and emotional intelligence, the essential building blocks for all future learning. Best-selling author Pam Schiller provides information, activities, and experiences that develop the seven skills children need in order to become successful learners. These include social intelligence skills, such as relating to and playing with others, as well as emotional intelligence skills, such as expressing feelings and understanding how others feel.


Latest Brainy News

The Missing Piece -- How Social and Emotional Learning Can Empower Children and Transform Schools
Huffington Post July 16, 2013

An analysis of more than 200 rigorous studies indicates that students who received social and emotional learning had achievement scores an average of 11 percentile points higher than students who did not, together with improved attitudes and behaviors and reduced emotional distress.

Regular bedtimes help a child's brain development, boost grades: study
CTV News July 10, 2013

 A new study finds that irregular bedtimes and a lack of a nightly routine may disrupt healthy brain development in young children. Scientists at University College London suggest that a lack of routine can impair early development by disrupting the body clock, which can affect the brain's ability to remember and learn new information.

How to grow a baby's brain
Boston July 08, 2013

A very brief discussion of the structures of the brain responsible for regulating emotions will, I hope, serve to demonstrate how parents can promote their child’s brain development in a healthy way… Research at the interface of neuroscience and infant development is offering great insights into how the exchange of looks between mother and baby actually grows the brain.

10 things every child needs
Marshfield News Herald July 03, 2013

At birth, an infant's brain is only 25 percent of the size of an average adult's brain. Incredibly, by age 3, a child's brain has grown to 90 percent of an adult's brain. During infancy and early childhood, children are flooded with new experiences that impact their brain development.

Why the current definition of intelligence isn’t smart
theglobeandmail Jul 19, 2013

As a child, Scott Barry Kaufman had an auditory disorder that made it difficult to process words in real time. He was diagnosed with a learning disability, performed badly in IQ tests, had to repeat Grade 3 and spent years in special education. He was told that his disability made high-level academic achievement unlikely.

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