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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 #5

ISSN: 0219-7642    Oct 21, 2007

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The importance of healthy and balanced food is fairly well-known; a diet that is full of essential nutrients like carbohydrate, fat, protein, trace minerals and vitamins will promote a healthy body and sound mind. Learning to know which food is good for your kid is often very tedious and difficult as feeding young kids is probably the most daunting task. Creating a good food that is rich in all the essential dietary parameters is also quite difficult. However, with a bit of effort and attention, you can easily create a feeding plan to nurture your kid.

While feeding a young baby is very easy and simple, feeding a 2 year old kid could be a different game altogether. On the other hand, what you feel is great diet for your kid, may be simply rejected and pushed away by your kid. Thus, as a parent, you will need to be extraordinarily smart and intelligent enough to handle a dicey issue as critical as nutrition. Your main task now is to understand the basics of a good diet and how you can make your kid accept your meal-plan! Here are a simple list of resources on baby and children nutrition that you may wish to cast a glance. I believe that you can create the most delicious and complete meal plan for your kid! Have a great success ahead!

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Importance of Nutrition for Children & Parents
By Leah Salmon

Your role as a parent starts right when you give birth to your baby. A parent's role in their child's nutrition begins as soon the baby is born. The issue of feeding your kid with a well balanced diet is well within your control. Thus, you must make efforts to create a good and nutritious diet so that your kid will have everything she wants - a good meal that is tasty, nutritious as well as delicious. Find the tips and suggestions to help you provide a nutritious diet to your kids.

What are you REALLY feeding your kids?
By Maya Hodgson

Here are some exciting and useful tips that show how you can really feed your kids, the ways in which you can lure your kids with smart choices and intelligent recipes.


Q1: My son is about 2 years and 3 months. I started to teach him Maths when he was 3 weeks old and reading about 8 months old. Now he has done simple Arithmetic, fraction, decimal, geometric series, minus numbers, algebra, Pascal's triangle, square numbers, square numbers and etc. He is now way above second-grade reading skill. He was in playschool (Montessori) for 3 months when he was 1.5 years old. He wasn't happy and finding it very boring because the school tough him 10 words in 3 months, but he learned it in 2 lessons. And now I'm very lost and I don't know what to do with him...

A: Your son has amazing gifts and you have worked very hard to ensure that his strength does not go to waste. He is definitely above average and need a lot of stimulation to keep growing to his fullest potential. Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Educational Resources for Gifted Toddler here.

Q2: We have 2 children, a son 4yrs old and a daughter 18 months old. This is regarding our son, who from early on probably has shown exceptional qualities. Memory - (though he couldn't talk well at that time, would point to all his body parts, about 15-20 of them from head to toe when he was about 9-10 months old). He remembers things that he just sees once and recalls it after few years, e.g., he remembers what he did and went when he was 2 - 2 1/2 years old even now..... Please let us know your expert opinion about testing, raising a gifted/ talented child, guiding him, how much pressure can he handle?

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Raising a Gifted Child here.

Q3: My child is approaching 2.5 years old. He display amazing memory such as memorizing a 25 piece puzzle after doing it only once. He can do five puzzles easily in one sitting without help. He has amazing attention span such as spending an hour on a single activity such as puzzles, drawing and looking at books. He displays an understanding of humor such as holding up an A and laughs as he is asking me if it is a B he is holding up .... I often get encourage to by other parents, teachers and family to get him tested. What is your advice? What are the benefits of testing his IQ? What are the negative aspects? Are there IQ tests for 2 year olds?

A: Of course your child is amazing - with all your highlighted! Based on the U.S. Office of Gifted and Talented the following is a short list of distinct characteristics of typical gifted preschooler (ages two to five years). Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on IQ testing for Toddlers here.

Q4: My 8-year-old son just finished second grade today. I was informed last week that he will be placed in the "Average" math group (the lowest) for third grade, the other two groups being "High-Average" and "Compacted". I was shocked today when I got his Terra Nova scores and saw he scored 74 in Reading, 99 in Language and 99 in Math. His Total Score was 97...My question is, where do I go from here? How can a child who achieved a National percentile of 99 in Math end up in the "Average" math group?

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Terra Nova Test: Discrepancy in Math Group and Score here.


Nutrition and Child Health
By Holden and Anita MacDonald

There is a growing awareness among nurses and other health professionals that good nutrition is a major determinant of growth development and long term health in the healthy and sick child. This comprehensive text provides practical, evidence-based information on normal and special paediatric nutrition. Each chapter provides a sound scientific foundation, pragmatic, balanced guidelines, and identifies common difficulties and issues.




The Yale Guide to Children's Nutrition
By William Tamborlane, M.D.

More than 100 physicians, dietitians, nurses, and social workers from the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital worked together to produce this authoritative guide on children's nutrition. In addition to offering practical advice regarding nutritional requirements for children of all ages, this valuable resource dispels common myths and answers dozens of questions covering a range of topics, including childhood obesity, food allergies, vegetarianism, and nutrition for young athletes.

The authors also discuss nutritional management of common childhood health problems, including gastrointestinal and metabolic disorders, as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Boosting Baby IQ: Experts Weigh In With Prenatal Advice
ABC7 Oct 9, 2007

Classical music, books, and now brainy baby toys -- we want our kids to be smart. But what really works? Studies show up to 20 percent of a child's IQ is influenced by prenatal experience. Experts weigh in on what you can really do to boost intelligence before your child is born.

Is Intelligence inherited?
DailyNews-TSN Oct 14, 2007

The role of hereditary in intelligence is much argued, but there is no doubt that intelligence is inherited in a manner similar to height. Environment also plays a major part, as does physical health and personality. Intelligent parents tend to have intelligent children, but even within one family, some children may be brighter than others.

Parenting: How Can We Become Smart Parents?
EditorsChoice, Oct 3, 2007

Truth is most responsible and caring parents love to see their precious children to have a bright future, a well established career. Indeed, it is the prime duty of all parents to raise their children and provide them what they need in their life. It is also true that raising obedient and respectful children is not an overnight job; it is more of a 24 by 7 job.

The Experts Suggest
NY Times, Oct 10, 2007

Here are some strategies for getting a picky child to try new foods, collected from child nutrition experts.

Everything in moderation is key to child's nutrition
The Northwestern, Sep 17, 2007

Everything in moderation, Oshkosh mom Dawn Benedict says. That especially applies to the eating habits of her 10-year-old daughter, Kailee Rodencal. Benedict said she encourages her daughter to try different kinds of food - at least two bites.

Don't use TV for background noise; do give children some quiet time
Parenting by Marilyn Heins, Oct 14, 2007

Thirty-six percent of children 6 months to 6 years of age have a bedroom television and watch it close to two hours per day. Only 6 percent of parents with children younger than 2 are aware that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than 2 not watch any TV screen as there is evidence that TV watching can adversely affect a young child's developing brain.

Proactive Parenting: Build the skills your children need for good behavior
The Patriot Ledger, Oct 13, 2007

Griffin, author of the new book "Negotiation Generation: Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment," doesn't believe in spanking, yelling, negotiating - or even giving children time outs. Griffin doesn't think any of these punishments work.


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