Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Reading: A great habit for children to inculcate

History is full of great leaders who were avid readers and writers. For example, Winston Churchill received his Nobel prize for literature, not peace ! The leadership benefits of reading are wide-ranging. Evidence suggests reading can improve intelligence and lead to innovation and insight. 

Reading — whether Wikipedia, Michael Lewis, or Aristotle — is one of the quickest ways to acquire and assimilate new information. Reading can also make you more effective in leading others. Reading increases verbal intelligence, making a leader a more adept and articulate communicator.  Reading novels can improve empathy and understanding of social cues, allowing a leader to better work with and understand others
Finally, an active literary life can make you more personally effective by keeping you relaxed and improving health.

Today, reading has declined amongst adult Americans. India and China are seeing improvement in literacy rates, but that literacy may not translate into more or deeper reading. 

While inculcating all the good habits, a parent should emphasize the importance of reading and writing to their children. It can not only help in the enhancement of their multiple intelligences but also keep them relaxed and improve health (can help reduce the time spent in TV viewing, gaming)

How can parents help their kids make reading a habit ? Here are few tips:

- Join a reading group - find a pool of friends who read or want to read regularly

- Variety - Buy books from 'Crosswords' of the world on different subjects..could range from Geronimo to Archies to Hardy boys to Science quizes...

- Encourage your child to tell you what they learnt or liked in the book they read 

- Get the school teacher to encourage students to read in and outside school (if the teacher is not already doing it)

Reading is an essential component of personality and intelligence development. Earlier, one inculcates this habit, faster will be the progress. 
As they say, Book, is man's best friend !

Friday, August 17, 2012

Parenting dilemma: How well do I know my child ?

A parent faces innumerable questions and dilemmas while raising a child, right from toddler days to adolescence and right up to adulthood. 

The questions appear simple, yet hard to grapple with, for a parent.

Is my child more íntelligent' than I can comprehend ?

Is my child more logical or creative ?

Is my child a slow or fast learner ?

Is my child better at sports or music ?

Is my child better at planning or execution ?

These or similar questions surely boggle a parent sometime or the other. Does the parent have the answers ? He or She may have a fair idea, but is the parent confident of the path which the child should pursue in future to be happy and successful. 

Most parents fail to answer these questions, because it is simply not possible to know inborn capability potential through observation. 

Backed by scientific research from anthropology to genetics, from embryology to Dermatoglyphics, a scientific fingerprint analytical technique has been developed which can provide a detailed report on the inborn capability of a child or an adult