Headstarts: 100 Tips for Raising Clever, Confident, Creative Kids

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The very latest research on childhood development distilled into 100 easy-to-understand tips to raise clever, confident, creative kids
 

An invaluable aid for parents focused on giving their children the best possible start in life, this guide outlines practical tips to help provide children with major advantages in both the classroom and the playground. It distills key findings from the very latest international cognitive science ...

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Overview


The very latest research on childhood development distilled into 100 easy-to-understand tips to raise clever, confident, creative kids
 

An invaluable aid for parents focused on giving their children the best possible start in life, this guide outlines practical tips to help provide children with major advantages in both the classroom and the playground. It distills key findings from the very latest international cognitive science research into short pieces covering an array of areas, including the importance of teaching a child positive thinking patterns, the benefits of hugs on brain development, how to help a child tackle math and science, the best age to learn a new language, and the benefits of good nutrition.

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Library Journal
Medical practitioner Pan and research scientist Woods (Duke Univ.) compile some key findings from the latest cognitive science research into one- to two-page summaries, confirming what most of us already know—breast is best, kids need hugs, and sugar doesn’t make you hyper. Labeled 1-100 and written in a concise and zippy style, the authors offer a new format more than anything, but that makes it perfect bathroom reading.
VERDICT Stick it in the magazine rack next to the toilet where it is probably likeliest to be read by both mom and dad. The book’s cover is worth bonus points.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741755749
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Dr. Cindy Pan is a general practitioner who regularly appears on television and contributes to women's magazines. She is the author of Pandora's Box and Playing Hard to Get, and has two sons. Vanessa Woods is a journalist and a research scientist at Duke University. She is also a feature writer for the Discovery Channel, has written for New Scientist, has made documentaries for Disney, is the author of It's Every Monkey for Themselves, and blogs regularly for Psychology Today. She lives in North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Don't be too hard, on yourself 1

2 Is one too many? 2

3 Get clean 4

4 Demand feeding: breast and beyond 6

5 Laughter, the breast medicine 9

6 Breast is best 10

7 Childproofing everything! 11

8 The modern dilemma for new mums 12

9 Hi ho, hi ho, it's back to work you go 16

10 Chill out 17

11 Spend quality time 18

12 Take care of your emotional, spiritual and mental health 19

13 Enjoy their joy 21

14 Happy parents, happy kids? 23

15 First love 26

16 Hugs help their brains to grow 29

17 They can't walk or talk but they can watch and listen 30

18 Motherese 31

19 It's not all talk when it comes to babies 32

20 Try cry or not to cry? 35

21 Co-sleeping 37

22 Continuity of care 39

23 Which parent are you? 42

24 Positive parenting 44

25 Kids are born helpful 47

26 Mirror, mirror 48

27 Be their Jimmy Cricket 50

28 Velcro magic 52

29 It's never too early to start reading 53

30 Baby Einstein sucks 54

31 When to teach them a foreign language 56

32 Going to Granny's 58

33 Mum care versus childcare 61

34 Yes, please 63

35 Coping with stress and the one-way domino effect 64

36 Fathers and sons 67

37 Sugar and spice, slugs and snails 69

38 The battle of wills 72

39 Are we normal? 74

40 Dealing with temper tantrums 77

41 It was an accident 80

42 To smack or not to smack 81

43 One way to prevent obesity 84

44 Forbidden fruit 85

45 The upside of sugar 88

46 Is red cordial the devil? 91

47 Breakfast and fish-was Grandma right? 92

48 How to make kids eat broccoli (and all the other healthy foods they hate) 94

49 The Tao of Bugs Bunny 95

50 Can vitamins make your kids smarter? 96

51 Make reading time fun 98

52 Where do I come from? 99

53 Take time to show them 100

54 School before school 101

55 Mind reading 102

56 Does Mozart make you smarter? 103

57 Ready and eager to learn 104

58 Single-sex versus co-ed schools 106

59 Is the teacher a good witch or a bad witch? 109

60 IQ: nature or nurture? 110

61 Teach your kids to have a winning attitude 112

62 Personal bests 113

63 Spell it out 116

64 Talk like a scientist 117

65 The building blocks of maths 118

66 Overcoming stumbling blocks with maths 120

67 Maths strategies 122

68 Making maths easier-for everyone 125

69 Encouraging curiosity 128

70 How to help them with their homework 130

71 Overcoming reading problems 132

72 Fostering healthy approaches to learning 135

73 Don't see red before a test 138

74 Popularity-the good, the bad, the ugly 140

75 Best friend-or worst? 142

76 Bullying doesn't pay 144

77 Race relations in the playground 146

78 How shy is too shy? 149

79 Only the lonely… 151

80 Imaginary friends 153

81 Getting through the tough times 155

82 Helping your chickens cross the road 157

83 Walkin' the dog 159

84 Play hard 161

85 Make sure they get enough zzzz… 162

86 Sleep problems in kids and teens 163

87 What do they do all day? 166

88 Gaming into the future 169

89 The upside of computer games 172

90 Computer-related injuries 176

91 Wii versus work 178

92 Attention to detail 179

93 Violence is as violence does-say no 180

94 TV rots your brain 182

95 Violence on the box 184

96 Dealing with anti-social teenagers 185

97 Are your kids using drugs? 188

98 Body image and self-harm in adolescents 190

99 Keeping kids at school 192

100 Let's talk about sex, baby 195

Thank you 197

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