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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 #9   Issue #14

ISSN: 0219-7642    Jan 23, 2011

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Families often come in many forms, shapes and sizes. Every family is different! Every family has its own way of functioning too! The parents have a yeomen responsibility to raise their children in a universally acceptable way. The society around us expects children from every family to behave in an acceptable manner, like display of proper discipline and mannerism, social skills and normal behavior.

Child discipline is a very critical issue for parents of school-going children. Parents are also worried about how they should raise their children. The majority of parents want to learn effective ways of parenting. Therefore, they use different styles of parenting to bring up their children. Parents also use a number of resource materials like books and videos. Some of these books and videos may be very effective in providing great tips and techniques of better parenting style, while others may repeat what parents already know.

In the busy world of parenting book publication, there was a big buzz about a particular book titled " Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" written by Professor Amy Chua, a Professor in Law at the Yale University. Already labeled extremely controversial, this book provides parents, many hitherto untold parental techniques and methods, which almost border on issues of unique, yet debatable nature. It makes an interesting reading to understand and learn some of the rare parenting methods. Have a nice day!

Thought for today:
"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." - Angela Schwindt

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Andrew Loh
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Parenting Styles - Differing Styles and Common Goals
What is your parenting style? If you have one, then how do you use it? Parents can use a number of parenting styles to raise their children. Here are some of them!

Parenting Styles - What Are The Effects On Children?
Every parenting style has its own effects on the psyche of children. Some of them may be very good and advantageous, while others could be detrimental in the end. Here are some of the effects of different parenting styles.


Q1: We would like to get your views on a boy who's been drawing since the age of 2. He has accumulated a thousand over drawings. He has received no training whatsoever. And yet, his drawings have attained a level rarely seen in his age group, in fact, one well known expert in the field feels he even draws better than some adults.

His drawings bring about a sense of movement, three dimensionality, perspective and imagination that's intriguing...

A: Thank you so much for introducing such a special boy and showing samples of his work. As you already know, your son is very, very special and artistically gifted. Only a handful of people in this world have the ability to project such expressions in the form of drawings, which he did in such great detail...Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Highly Gifted Child here.

Q2: My oldest child turned 7 just 2 weeks ago. He is a first grader and recently diagnosed with ADHD. He has begun medication and doing much better in class, being able to focus on one thing at a time. He will be tested on the Naglieri test soon for advanced placement. I am worried because he is just getting absorbed into the classroom routine and his gifts have been missed due to his ADHD problems...but I am afraid this testing might not properly gauge his abilities. I was wondering about this test and what to expect, they 'refer' those at the 90th percentile and up for gifted services.

A: I can understand your concerns especially with his advanced abilities. From your brief description, he does appear to be advanced for his age. Testing a gifted child with ADHD can be quite a task as on one hand, the child may be able to use her/his skills to cover up the diagnosis and because of that, giftedness is masked and the child would hardly receive help or guidance. On the other hand, s/he may actually be twice exceptional, which is in fact a minority within a minority who may neither fit into accelerated programs or special education settings...Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Testing for Gifted Placement for an ADHD Child here.

Q3: I need some advice regarding my 22 month old daughter. She has a vocabulary of approximately 350 words, can talk in full sentences comprising of 4 words. Her longest sentence was 7 words (mama I want to see this ABCD song). She knows and can say 10 different colors, 9 different shapes, can say and point to 10 different body parts. She can do alphabet puzzles, 5-6 piece puzzles and can sort shapes very nicely. She knows all alphabets (upper case) and can sing the alphabet song....I am wondering if these traits sound like she is possibly gifted? If yes, then what should I do to nurture her development? Your advice will be greatly appreciated.

A: As a rule of thumb, gifted children would demonstrate development that is at least 30% more advanced than their peers. At 22 months, it can be hard to determine giftedness, however, parents can tell if their child has a potential for giftedness. Today, it is much harder to determine giftedness since many children are exposed to various activities by parents; these activities actually make them learn faster regardless of ability.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Nurturing an Advanced Toddler here.


The Power of Positive Parenting : A Wonderful Way to Raise Children
By Dr. Glenn I. Latham

This is a child-rearing manual that provides practical methods for working with children. This instructional book goes a long way in helping parents to resolve problems using specific strategies for dealing with inappropriate behavior of children.

In general, it's a book about child-rearing practices and how the management of consequences can be the key to creating good home environment.




Good Parents Bad Parenting - How To Parent Together When Your Parenting Styles Are Worlds Apart
By Lisa Dunning

Every parent develops a unique parenting style from his or her own unique childhood background. Through experienced insight, practical advice, games and exercises, "Good Parents Bad Parenting" empowers parents to work through their relationship and parenting differences to raise happy, responsible and successful children.

The authors' personal insights help parents understand how their own childhood affects their parenting and their lives. This is the parenting book for the 21st century. You and your wife help parents distill problems down to manageable segments and then offer solid solutions on how to face them. The material is presented in a very user friendly way and in language the real parent can understand: short, quick and to the point.



Growing baby's brain
Lillooet News Jan 05, 2011

Current research has shown us that early childhood is a very important time for brain development. Brain cells (neurons) form connections (synapses) at a rapid rate in this period but this development needs the proper ingredients.

Easy Ways to Assist a Toddler's Brain Development
Bukisa Jan 11, 2011

Toddlers are still in the process of developing their intellectual capability. No matter how potent a child's mind may seem, it cannot thrive speedily on its own, and somewhat needs assistance.

Dieting During Early Pregnancy Alters Fetal Brain Development
HealthNews Jan 19, 2011

Researchers from the University of Texas have found that dieting during early pregnancy can cause substantial damage to the developing brain of the fetus, leading to lower IQ and behavioral problems. The potential for harm to the fetus is present whether the consumption of a low calorie diet is intentional or unintentional, and the risk has been found to be even more significant for teenage mothers and women who get pregnant later in life.

Breast-feeding Boosts Children's Test Scores, Study Finds
My Health News Jan 07, 2011

Breast-feeding babies may provide children with an academic advantage later in life, according to a new study.

Bananas - brain food for back-to-school
News Maker Jan 19, 2011

A survey of parents revealed that four out of 10 children missed breakfast at least once a week, with parents often claiming that their children "didn't have time" to eat before school.

Play is the foundation of children's learning
Buffalo News Jan 07, 2011

"Everything old is new again" usually applies to fashion trends, car design or a myriad of retro themes in home decor. I never thought it would apply to schooling, and certainly not for my kids.


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