Sunday, August 06, 2006

Raising Smarter Children

This article is extremely interesting to me. As a parent I am always thinking about how my children will fair in the world at large, in school and in their future careers. While it is hard to predict all these things ahead of time it appears there are some tangible things we as parent can do. I won't list the things this article recommends. You can read that on your own by clicking on the link. Once again breastfeeding makes the list. I disagree with the author that you can get the same nutrients from formula. That would imply that we know all of what breast milk contains at any one time which we do not. Also the bonding and emotional stability and nurturing that breastfeeding gives is nor can be quantified.

Another good book on the idea is Raising an Optimistic Child by Martin Seligman. Seligman is the father of the idea of learned optimism and gives very practical tools for raising well adjusted and optimistic children. Parents can start here. I believe many times our society believes that giving children all the material things they never had as children will be the difference. Not so say the previous two authors. Check it out.


At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for always referring to some great books. It is always helpful to get other perspectives and ideas. I often find that so much is instictual if we allow ourselves to tap into that.

At 6:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed a lot!


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