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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


~ B R A I N Y - Z I N E ~

" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #11   Issue #11

ISSN: 0219-7642    Oct 28, 2012

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There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - one is roots, the other wings.” - That is how one of the greatest motivational speakers of our time, Stephen Covey, believed about fruitful parenting. Parents are responsible and duty bound to nurture their children in a manner that is befitting and extremely productive. As Stephen Covey wrote, both roots and wings are important for a child's complete personal and professional growth

Roots are the basic vehicles of life journey on which children ride and carry their parents' legacy and accomplishments. Parents should train their children to know from where they have come, and in what manner they should protect and edify their family traditions.

However, the most important responsibility of every parent is the way in which they provide wings to their children, so that they can fly high with confidence, courage and a sense of purpose. Responsible children are the one who know how to use their wings to fly towards a purposeful life that is full of meaningful achievements and accomplishments. In this regard, the role of parents and their parenting approach assume great importance and immense responsibility. Have a nice day!

Thought for today:
"If you work hard on your job, you make a living. If you work hard on yourself, you can make a fortune." - Jim Rohn

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Feature Articles

The Question of Expectation from Your Children - How Much is Too Much
Almost all parents expect too much from their children, be it getting a very high classroom score or maintaining utmost discipline both in the house and outside. However, expecting too much from children could be extremely disadvantageous. Click to learn more.

The Question of Expectation from Your Children - Simple Tips to Create Easy to Follow Expectations
Unfair parental expectations usually end up in raising stressful and impatient children. Parents may need to set simple and practical expectations for their children to achieve desired success levels in life. Read the article to learn more.

Ask an Expert

Q1: My son is now 2yrs and 3 months and he can identify numbers up to 100. Spell words, can write letters of the alphabet and numbers with dotted lines and now he has started writing letters A,C,D,H, L on his own. Identify parts of the body even complex one e.g. belly button, thanks to his tablet. he learns many things from his tablet. I've never sat down to teach him but informally join to facilitate him sometimes....

A: From your description of the characteristics mentioned, your son does appear to have advanced abilities which place him as potentially gifted. It is quite interesting to note his ability to type out his name and numbers up to 30 at 13 months. A good start in nurturing his potential would be to encourage him to follow his interests at this point. In case you find that he is fascinated with something, do more of it and gradually increase its complexity..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Nurturing an Advanced Toddler here.

Q2: I have a daughter Nadia who is in special ed. She is in 8th grade and currently in a contained classroom. I was told that her IQ test from when she was in kindergarten was only a 60. I asked to have her tested again, and they won't do it. I was told IQ tests do not change much. I am appalled! Do you agree with this? Please help me because I believe my daughter is a lot smarter than what the school is saying. What can I do to help her? Thanks.

A: A contained classroom is one specifically designated for children with disabilities. Self contained programs are usually indicated for children with more serious disabilities who may not be able to participate in general education programs at all. These disabilities include autism, emotional disturbances, severe intellectual disabilities, multiple handicaps and children with serious or fragile medical conditions. Your daughter was placed in such a classroom due to her intelligence test score. An IQ of 60 generally indicates that the child is intellectually deficient (based on the WPPSI test).... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Retesting on an Intelligence Test here.

Q3: I felt that it was just me or my family thinking my 20month old son, Brody, was off the charts amazing. But more and more people outside the circle of bias began stopping me and telling me to nurture his gifts, so I began to do research and realized that Brody is way above his age group in many skills. His pediatrician said at his 15 month check up he was at a 2-3 year old level with many of his skills....

A: Based on your description, your son does show some distinct characteristics of children who are developing at a faster pace. There is no doubt that above average children tend to gain skills faster and sometimes with more ease than the average child with normal development. And quite naturally, the advanced development can and does show up in early life, making acquisition of other skills and abilities also at a faster pace.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Above Average Developmental Milestone here.

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Latest Brainy News

Childhood stimulation key to brain development, study finds
The Guardian Oct 14, 2012

An early childhood surrounded by books and educational toys will leave positive fingerprints on a person's brain well into their late teens, a two-decade-long research study has shown.

Scientists found that the more mental stimulation a child gets around the age of four, the more developed the parts of their brains dedicated to language and cognition will be in the decades ahead.

Your Child's Good Mental Health Starts in the Womb
The Huffington Post Oct 23, 2012

We often think of mental wellness as something we deal with as children, adolescents and adults, but as it turns out, much of our mental health can be dependent on what happens when we are in the womb.

Books, Toys Can Stimulate Preschooler Brain Growth [Study]
Inquisitr Oct 21, 2012

Brain growth and cognitive skills can apparently be stimulated by books and educational toys in children's early lives, according to a paper recently presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans.

Brain connectivity predicts reading skills
Nature Oct 08, 2012

The growth pattern of long-range connections in the brain predicts how a child's reading skills will develop, according to research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

12 tips for raising a healthy child
Herald Dispatch Oct 09, 2012

Babies are born with millions of neurons that sends messages across the brain. These neurons are "wired" by forming connections -- synapses.

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