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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 #7   Issue #14

ISSN: 0219-7642    Feb 22, 2009

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The greatest chess player ever and a legend, Bobby Fischer once said, “I am good on memory, concentration, imagination and will power”. By birth, this great chess player was the embodiment of great focus, imagination, concentration and will power. All these great qualities made him the greatest chess sports icon ever. The power of concentration, focus and attention can take you to any place you want to go or achieve any feat you always wanted to achieve. Just imagine things your children can achieve when they have great levels of concentration and focus! However, concentration and focus are the two important personal characters that do not come to us easily! It will take a Herculean effort to develop these two positive characters.

Why do we see our children finding it very difficult to concentrate on any task or work for a longer duration? Is there any problem with our children? Do things like peer and classroom pressure affect the way in which our children concentrate on important daily tasks? Are there any other issues that bother our children? These important questions keep troubling every parent’s mind.

Concentration is very important skill for a child, because it provides an ability to focus, drive away distractions and help control momentary impulses that act as obstacles for normal attention and focusing. Your child’s ability to concentrate depends on several issues like his or her commitment, enthusiasm for the task, skill at doing the task, his or her emotional and physical state and surrounding environment. However, it is also heartening to note that children do concentrate! Nevertheless, it is always short lived!

Children are not born with a high degree of concentration skill. In fact, it is the duty of an effective parent to teach his or her child the invaluable benefits of developing concentration. In fact, this could be a very tricky and difficult task for any parent. With the right type of skills and knowledge, any parent can help children develop the ability to concentrate on important things in life. Just remember that, your child needs immense help and assistance to manage his or her interests and hobbies, all the while striking a balance in between a number of other traits and characters. Also, remember that the main actor in motivating your child to develop the art of concentration and focus is you!

The more quantum of time you spend with your children, the more ability will your children develop in concentrating on important things of life. When you show an interest in what your child is doing, he or she will also start showing an active interest in a number of things and tasks. However, patience is the main keyword here! Because, teaching the qualities of concentration and focus is a life-long act! What you teach now can adversely influence your child’s personal and professional career. Have a nice day!

Thought for today:
"Adults are obsolete children!" - Dr Seuss

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Andrew Loh
Andrew Loh
Publisher & Editor, BrainyZine


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Improve your Child's Concentration - Understanding the Problems
Concentration and focus are perhaps the most important qualities that your child should develop so that he or she can succeed in both personal and professional life. Improving the power of concentration involves understanding the basic causes and reasons that actually result in the loss of ability to focus and concentrate.

Improve your Child's Concentration - Tips and Suggestions
Improving and enhancing the power of concentration in your children is a long drawn act that needs lot of efforts from a parent's side. It involves a serious parent-children partnership with active interest and dedication from both sides. Parents can do a lot of things to help their children develop the skill of concentration and focus.


Q1: I have a 6 year old child in the first grade who is very smart for her age. Most people who have met her are amazed at her abilities from infancy stage. She was recommended to skip kindergarten an go to first grade but her psychological testing placed her in the high average category and she was not moved. Her Terra Nova test scores placed her in the 99 percentile and she is far above her peers in most subjects (even those in higher grades than her). Unfortunately my efforts to get her placed in a gifted program of advanced have fallen on deaf ears...

A: I can understand your frustrations and concerns. This is indeed a rather tricky situation since your girl is somewhat "on the fence" - and thus, not being able to enjoy learning. You did not indicate the test used for her psychological evaluation, so it is hard to compare what the test was used for. Perhaps, a standardized test such as the WISC or Stanford-Binet would be more appropriate to evaluate readiness for a more advanced program. In a lot of schools, the Terra Nova scores are used for placement in gifted programs.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Highly Able but Not in Gifted Program here.

Q2: My daughter is 22 months old and from our observation of her ability, she is way above her age. She could be gifted! Eg. Knowing all alphabets, photographic memory, memory linking etc and remembering names & places, simple counting etc.. Where do we go from here? I was afraid that we'll be wasting time waiting for her to start school. Can I have her IQ tested at this age? What shall we do to grow her. We live in Malaysia. Any support groups here..

A: It is quite common for parents of gifted children to be a little uncertain about their child's giftedness. Having said that, you, as a parent, are the best person to judge if your child shows exceptional qualities and you are probably right! From your description, she does sound ahead of her peers. And by being aware alone, you have taken the most important step. Now the question is if you want to validate that. ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on IQ Testing for Toddlers here.


Teaching Your Child Concentration: A Playskool Guide
By Lee Hausne

Whether it is science, athletics, or human relationships, the ability to concentrate is the key to success. With Teaching Your Child Concentration, parents can now pass that key on to their children. Dr. Lee Hausner, an international y recognized clinical psychologist with more than three decades of experience, argues that teaching concentration skills is especially important today -- when so many children are diagnosed with "attention deficit disorder" and treated with drugs like Ritalin. In a series of fun, easy-to-use exercises, Dr. Hausner and the experts at Playskool show how even busy parents can leach their children concentration skills.


Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic
By Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Recently, temperament traits have come to the forefront of child development theory. In Raising Your Spirited Child, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka's first contribution is to redefine the "difficult child" as the "spirited" child, a child that is, as she says, MORE. Many people are leery about books that are too quick to "type" kids, but Kurcinka, a parent of a spirited child herself and a parent educator for 20 years, does not fall into that trap. Instead, she provides tools to understanding your own temperament as well as your child's. When you understand your temperamental matches--and your mismatches--you can better understand, work, live, socialize, and enjoy spirit in your child.



Outdoor play is good for a kid's body -- and brain
Mansfield News Journal Feb 02, 2009

I recently heard an adult gently pleading with a 6-year-old boy, "Come outside and go sledding. I promise you it will be better than that video game you're playing." The boy reluctantly complied and discovered the wonderful feeling of swooshing down a snowy hill.

The Use of Information Technology in Development and Learning of Young Children
Articles Land Feb 15, 2009

Studies of Japanese scientists in the field of physiology of the brain and child psychology have shown that the development of mental, physical and social abilities of the child depends on the stimulation and the degree of development of the brain in the period from birth to three years. It was during this period should be established all the conditions for the successful development of the child.

Pointing and gesturing at babies during their second year boosts their vocabulary
The Telegraph Feb 12, 2009

Scientists have found that pointing and gesturing at your child around the age of 14 months has a significant effect on its ability to make conversation when it reaches school age. They believe that the non-verbal communication between parents and child gives the baby's brain a major head start in learning to talk.

Kids Talk: Love of order
NWA News Feb 09, 2009

As parents and teachers, we are concerned about doing the right things with our children. When our children go through difficult periods, we can spend nights tossing and turning about what can be the matter. As our tools can be friend or foe, depending on how we use them, it can be helpful if we understand the innate development characteristics of children under the age of 7.

Sensory Development in a Child
Edu Book Feb 08, 2009

Children learn about the world around them in the beginning primarily through their senses. The five primary senses include sight, sound, hearing, taste and touch. Body position can actually be included among the list of senses as well. A child learns to crawl, walk and run by learning how to position the body in such a way to create movement. A baby learns to sit, to crawl, to stand and to walk. Children continue to learn how to keep their balance as they play sports and take part in other activities.

Playing with Numbers - Teaching parents to teach math to pre-school children
Bangkok Post Feb 05, 2009

Although numerous experts have pointed out that parents are the most important teachers for their children, today's parents are spending a great deal of effort, time and money making sure that their children are being taught by tutoring schools.


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