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

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Allen & Unwin, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 198 pages
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Headstarts outlines 100 practical tips to help provide your child with major advantages in both the classroom and the playground.

Cindy Pan and Vanessa Woods distil key findings from the very latest international cognitive science research into short, easy-to-understand pieces covering an array of areas, including:

* the importance of teaching your child positive thinking patterns

* the benefits of hugs on brain development

* how to help your child tackle maths and science

* the best age to learn a new language, and;

* the benefits of good nutrition.

Headstarts provides you with the best possible information for raising clever, confident and creative kids.
 

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Contents

1 Dont be too hard on yourself
1
2 Is one too many?
2
3 Get clean
4
breast and beyond
6
5 Laughter the breast medicine
9
6 Breast is best
10
7 Childproof everything
11
8 The modern dilemma for new mums
12
52 Where do I come from?
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53 Take the 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 Singlesex versus coed schools
106
59 Is the teacher a good witch or a bad witch?
109

9 Hi ho hi ho its back to work you go
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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 cant walk or talk but they can watch and listen
30
18 Motherese
31
19 Its not all talk when it comes to babies
32
20 To cry or not to cry?
35
21 Cosleeping
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 Jiminy Cricket
50
28 Velcro magic
52
29 Its never too early to start reading
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30 Baby Einstein sucks
54
31 When to teach them a foreign language
56
32 Going to Grannys
58
33 Mum care versus child care
61
34 Yes please
63
35 Coping with stress and the oneway 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 fishwas Grandma right?
92
48 How to make kids eat broccoli and all the other healthy food they hate
94
49 The Tao of Bugs Bunny
95
50 Can vitamins make your kids smarter?
96
51 Make reading time fun
98
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 easierfor 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 Dont see red before a test
138
74 Popularitythe good the bad and the ugly
140
75 Best friendor worst?
142
76 Bullying doesnt 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 Computerrelated injuries
176
91 Wii versus work
178
92 Attention to detail
179
93 Violence is as violence doessay no
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94 TV rots your brain
182
95 Violence on the box
184
96 Dealing with antisocial teenagers
185
97 Are your kids using drugs?
188
98 Body image and selfharm in adolescents
190
99 Keeping kids at school
192
100 Lets talk about sex baby
195
Thank you
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Dr Cindy Pan is a GP and is best known for her appearances on a wide range of television programs and as a contributor to News Limited papers and women's magazines. She is also the author of Playing Hard to Get and Pandora's Box. She has two young sons. Vanessa Woods is an award-winning journalist who is currently working as a psychology researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Germany where she's studying the cognitive development of chimpanzees and bonobos. She is the author of several It's True titles and It's Every Monkey for Themselves .

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