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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 #12   Issue #14

ISSN: 0219-7642    Nov 24, 2013

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Being a busy and thoughtful parent, is possibly the most enduring and challenging experience in the world. A gifted child is always a talented child, with its own dynamic brain that is always active and agile. It is also full of wonderful abilities for imagination, practical thoughts, immense curiosity and a deep need for exploring the world that exist around him. In fact, a life full of experiences can enrich the lives of young gifted minds and push them to learn more.

A perfect parent might never exist! What best one could do is to become a thoughtful and thinking parent, who is always ready to learn new techniques, methods and ways of parenting. Like a child, every parent is different too. A smart parent would act depending on the needs and necessities at any given time interlude. However, it is quite difficult to handle a gifted child who is known to challenge parental authority at frequent intervals.

This issue touches on the essence of basic parenting for gifted children. Hope this help. Have a great week ahead!

Thought for today:
"It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop." - Confucius

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Feature Articles

Advice For Parents With Gifted Children
By Peter J Meagher

Gifted children need exceptional guidance. Let us have a look at what constitutes sound advice for parents with gifted children.

Gifted Children Challenging Authority - A Parent's Perspective!
By Michelle Stafford

Many of us with children of "gifted" ability will definitely find ourselves waging verbal battles with our children and it can be a disheartening experience.

Four Principles for Parenting a Gifted Child
By Darren Perks

We value our children, but may display impatience, frustration and even outright rude behavior toward them. It is a fact of life with which we all must reconcile ourselves. A gifted child, to accompany his wondrous capabilities, also has difficult character traits.

Ask an Expert

Q1: My son, age 6, just took the WISC-IV. He shows one obvious strength in Perceptual Reasoning. My question is, does the disparity between this subscore and the others simply demonstrate a strength or does it, due the relative weaknesses of the other subscores, indicate a need for further testing....

A: To answer your question, at a first glance it does represent very superior strength in on area with relative weaknesses in others. At the same time, this is not normal and may be indicative of some concerns (learning concern/s) and further testing is required. I would assume that instead of the Full Score (FSIQ), the administrator would use the General Ability Index score (GAI) since the difference is larger than 23 points..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Disparity Between Scores on WISC IV here.

Q2: I have a 19 month old daughter who has been amazing us with her personality and abilities since she was born. I was wondering if you might be able to guide me on raising her as a healthy, happy, individual who will fit in with her peers.

When she was born she did not cry, rather gave a little squeak and immediately started looking at the world around her, turning her head to look at her father as soon as he spoke. When she was put on her stomach after being born, she was already able to pick up her head and look around....

A: Thank you for the detailed description. There is no doubt that your little girl has a number of distinct characteristics of a gifted child. She has demonstrated early giftedness with an advanced developmental milestone, far ahead than the average child. Even her fine and gross motor skills are rather advanced..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Highly Advanced Toddler here.

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Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential
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This practical and compassionate book explains the reasons behind these struggles and offers parents do-able strategies to help children cope with feelings, embrace learning, and build satisfying relationships. Drawing from research as well as the authors' clinical experience, it focuses on the essential skills children need to make the most of their abilities and become capable, confident, and caring people.

It's ironic that the children (and adults) who are most frightened about not being good enough are often the most capable. These children may become extremely anxious before tests--even though they're very competent academically.


Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Gifted Children
By James Delisle Ph.D.

Dr. Delisle offers practical advices and tips to parents of gifted children. Some interesting topics includes understanding a child's giftedness, building a child's character, working with the school system, dealing with perfectionism in gifted kids and help gifted kids achieve their goals and dreams. Along the way, stories from gifted children and their parents provide insight into the lives of these individuals.




Latest Brainy News

Mother's Exercise May Boost Baby's Brain
NY Times Blogs Nov 20, 2013

If a woman is physically active during pregnancy, she may boost the development of her unborn child's brain, according to a heart-tugging new study of expectant mothers and their newborns.

My IQ went from 120 to 148 in 12 weeks Nov 23, 2013

Apart from this incredible jump in IQ, two of the children, who had been diagnosed with dyslexia before the trial, subsequently had their diagnoses revised after a significant improvement in reading levels. Another child who was within normal IQ range when starting SMART, has now leapt to an IQ of 140, which is considered 'gifted'.

Connections in the brains of young children strengthen during sleep, CU-Boulder study finds
Eureka Alert Nov 20, 2013

While young children sleep, connections between the left and the right hemispheres of their brain strengthen, which may help brain functions mature, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder.

Developing Your Mindset
Code Wit Nov 20, 2013

Research in psychology reveals that the mind of a child is nothing but a “Tabular Rasa”, (Sigmund Freud). In other words the child develops and gathers information from his experiential environment. As this psychologist put it, a grown child can no longer remember all that happened within his environment in his earlier stage in life.

Debunking corporal punishment myth #1: Spanking children for discipline does no harm
News 24 Nov 20, 2013

A recent headline in the Sunday Times, Spanking 'kills kids', led to much uproar from the pro-spanking lobby. It headlined a news report on a study just released, from Columbia University, on the negative impact that spanking has on cognitive and intellectual development.

Parenting and Teaching the Gifted Child, Part 2
Huffington Post Oct 28, 2013

Parents of gifted children may feel obliged, on occasion, to push their child more academically. They may feel that they have an extra responsibility to oversee the gifted child's educational progress.

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