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Volume #5   Issue #13

ISSN: 0219-7642    Feb 25, 2007

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I have a poll about "Is Spanking the right approach to child discipline?" on website, which has collected closed to 700 votes to date. Below is the tabulated result:

Results Votes Percent
Totally agree 71 10%
Somewhat agree 148 22%
Neutral 78 11%
Somewhat disagree 102 15%
Totally disagree 286 42%

They are 57% of parents who are somewhat or totally disagreeing on spanking. In contrast, 32% of parents are somewhat or totally agreeing on spanking. Only 11% of parents are neutral on using spanking as the approach to child discipline. The poll results speak for themselves. While most parents do not think spanking is a good idea, but some parents believe spanking is justified and effective. Are there alternatives to spanking for discipline? To spank or not to spank – that's the question? Read our features articles in this issue to find your answer! Have a great week ahead. Take care!

Thought for today:
The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy. " - Sam Levenson

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Spanking - Why Many Parents Keep Seeking For A Better Way
By Rory Sullivan

When we are in the "deep end" of parenting- at the end of our rope - we will grasp at the first thing we think of to stop our child's misbehavior. When our kids are pushing every button we have (and even some we didn’t know we had), spanking kids over the knee may seem like a good idea to get them to REALLY learn from their mistakes. But does it work?

The Art of Saying "Yes" and the Art of Saying "No"
By Mark Huttenlocker

What to do when your out-of-control kid wants something from you, the parent: The Art of Saying "Yes" and the Art of Saying "No".



Montessori Play And Learn: A Parent's Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six
By Lesley Britton

We all want the best possible starts in life for our children, and one of the best possible starts in life, educationally, is the "method" pioneered by Maria Montessori and taught successfully today throughout the world.

Now, Lesley Britton, the leading Montessori practitioner in England for more than twenty years, will show parents how to bring Montessori home. If you would like to facilitate the development of your child's unique personality, make it possible for him to develop to his full intellectual capacity, and help him become socially and emotionally well adjusted, then this is the book for you.



Children's TV 'is linked to cancer, autism, dementia' Feb 19, 2007

It has long been blamed for creating a nation of couch potatoes. But a new report today claims that Britain's love affair with television is causing far more damage - both physically and psychologically - than previously thought .... Watching television has been found by neuroscientists to be a "non-intellectually stimulating activity" for brain development. This was not found to be the case for reading.

8 ways to make your kids smarter Feb 22, 2007

Parents have a hard job, one that doesn't come with a hand book. So it may be helpful to hear some tips that can help make your child a whiz later on in life. Here are nine tips that could help do the trick.

Eating Fish During Pregnancy Provides 'Brain Food' for Child
MedPageToday Feb 16, 2007

Women who eat seafood while pregnant may be boosting their children's IQ in the process, according to new research published Friday in The Lancet.

Breastfeeding 'aids class status'
BBC News Feb 14, 2007

Those who were breastfed were 41% more likely to move up in class than those who were bottle-fed.  Experts said the Archives of Disease in Childhood study supported the idea that breastfeeding led to better long-term outcomes for children.

Bilingualism may increase brain power
UE Crescent Feb 16, 2007

Bilinguals get far more practice than monolinguals in using the part of the brain that focuses our attention, helping us sort through conflicting information and ignore distractions. Using two languages seems to bolster rapid decision-making, multitasking and perhaps memory.

Vitamins During Pregnancy Decrease Childhood Cancer Risk
Cancer News Feb 21, 2007

According to an early online publication in the journal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, children of mothers who take vitamins during pregnancy have a decreased risk of pediatric brain tumors, neuroblastoma, and leukemia. It is generally recommended that pregnant women receive vitamin supplementation during pregnancy to assure normal growth and development of the fetus.


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