Sunday, August 20, 2017

Now You're Pregnant!

Congratulations! You're pregnant!

What to do when you find out that you're pregnant? 

Conception takes place (week 1).

Breakthrough bleeding may happen (week 2-3) (why: fertilized egg becomes embedded in the lining of the uterus).

The breasts feel fuller and more tender (week 5-6) (why: stimulation of milk-producing glands). The nipples become darker with bluish veins (why: increase of blood supply to breasts).

Morning sickness (week 6-7) may occur. Morning sickness that begins in the first trimester may last until early second trimester. It is generally not harmful to the baby unless you have the following:

You vomit blood.
You have lost several pounds.
You vomit as soon as you drink even water.
You vomit well past the fourth month of pregnancy.

The dos and don’ts of morning sickness

Do suck a slice of fresh ginger in your mouth on rising every morning or any time you feel sick.
Do get sufficient sleep.
Do eat small meals.
Do eat more cold foods (why: they are less aromatic and therefore less likely to trigger vomiting).
Do eat more carbohydrates.
Do get a higher dose of vitamin B6 (50 milligrams).
Do get acupressure wristbands from the Internet (why: they are worn to overcome seasickness).
Don’t let yourself become hungry.
Don’t get out of bed too quickly; stretch yourself first before getting out of bed.
Don’t stress out; avoid any time stress.

The skin around the nipples begins to grow darker (week 6-7) (why: blood supply to the breasts increases significantly).

The waistband becomes tighter (week 8-9) (why: the uterus doubles in size).
Anxiety and irritability may develop for no apparent reason (why: change in hormones); hands and feet become warmer (why: increase in blood volume); dehydration becomes more frequent (why: extra fluids are needed by the uterus) (week 9-10).

The body weight may have increased by 2 to 3 pounds (week 10-11).


The risk of miscarriage is reduced by approximately 65 percent (week 12).

Get everything you need to know about pregnancy from:The Dos and Don'ts During Pregnancy



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Timeline of Teaching and Learning

How soon can you teach your baby spatial thinking or just anything for that matter?

First and foremost, there are no hard-and-fast rules governing the milestones of learning.

According to common belief, the accepted age is 18-month-old for leaning colors, 24-month-old for leaning shapes, and 36-month-old for learning letters and numbers. But don’t let your mind be preconditioned by any timeline.

Remember, the first three years are most important for the development of your baby’s brain, and anything that your baby is exposed to will be imprinted in his brain as memories, which are the raw materials with which he can build his intelligence later in life. So, a baby’s learning capability boils down to three things: time, effort, and opportunities. Do the parents have the time? Are they willing to put in their effort to teach? Do they create the opportunities of learning for their baby?

Can babies really learn visual spatial thinking at any early age?

Learning is no more than repetition, repetition, and repetition. Keep on repeating the visual as well as the auditory input until it is registered in the baby’s subconscious mind. The timeline is not that important as long as the baby’s sensory organs are sharp and proficient enough to receive the input from the repetition. When and how the baby is going to internalize and understand the information is at the discretion of the baby. It is just like that you can make your baby smart, but you may not be able to make him wise; still, you have to make him smart in the first place.

The story of Helen Keller may illustrate the above. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Keller’s teacher taught her sign language, and she mastered it. But, in the beginning, she had no idea that every sign referred to a particular object; she could not understand the relationship between the signs and the objects until one day when she perceived their subtle relationships—it was total awakening and enlightenment for her. Likewise, you can teach your baby visual spatial intelligence until one day he can understand the concept and then relate it to what he has already learned and mastered.

Make Your Smart Baby Super Smart

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Teaching Your Smart Baby Sign Language

Baby Sign Language

Consciously or unconsciously, we all use simple signs, such as waving our hands with “bye-bye” and clapping our hands to express our delight. Baby sign language is just simple gesturing to communicate with your baby. Your baby’s hand-eye coordination develops much faster than his speech. Prior to about 12-18 months, your baby may not have acquired his motor skills and muscles of the mouth and tongue to articulate intelligent words; whereas, by 6-7 months, he may have much better control of larger muscles, such as his hands, to start his own sign language to communicate with you.

It is a misconception that learning sign language will delay a baby’s ability to learn his spoken language; quite the contrary, learning sign language will accelerate the process of learning the spoken language. As a matter of fact, your baby will drop his sign language as soon as he learns how to say the word for that sign. Learning sign language is a bridge to developing your baby’s speech, expression, and overall communication skills. So, do teach your baby sign language, allowing him to communicate with you long before he can use his speech.

Benefits

Baby sign language is proven to enhance babies’ brain development in addition to its many other benefits:

Your baby can communicate with you before he masters his own language skills. Research has shown that children of deaf parents are able to communicate earlier than children of hearing parents.
Your baby gets a smart start with increased vocabulary and more advanced cognitive skills to enhance his subsequent speech development.
Your baby’s sign language helps your baby become more sociable because his brain is smart-wired to reading the body language of others.
Your baby’s sign language smart-wires his brain for solving-problem ability.
You know exactly what your baby wants without second guessing.
A research study indicated that eight-year-olds with baby sign language training as infants had an average IQ 12 points above those without the training.
Your baby has a better bonding with you.

Teach your baby simple signs for basic activities, such as diaper changing, eating, milking, and sleeping. Being able to communicate his needs avoids a lot of frustrations and crying. Remember, your baby is unable to learn if he is feeling frustrated, uncomfortable, and insecure.

Simple Steps

Start with teaching your baby some simple signs. Your baby will want to mimic your signs. Once your baby signs back, then praise him, and repeat until he masters them. As your baby gets better at signing, then proceed to teaching him a few more signs to increase his vocabulary.

Say the word clearly and slowly, demonstrate the sign—repeat and repeat—in relation to what you are doing, for example, changing diaper, drinking milk,  or eating.
Do praise and encourage your baby, even if he is signing incorrectly.
Be creative in using signs for different objects and situations that your baby enjoys.

 Simple Signs

Teach your baby simple signs from the very beginning of his life. Your baby may not know what you are doing, but perform those simple signs until you have mastered them, and they have become second nature to you.

Teach your baby the sign of “mommy”:
Extend and spread out your fingers (of the right or left hand) with your pinky finger pointing forward, and your thumb touching your chin.
Smile, and gently say “Mommy” slowly and clearly every time you approach your baby.

Teach your baby the sign of “hunger”:

Make your hand into the shape as if you were holding some food in your hand, with your palm facing you.
Place your hand near your mouth as if you were eating the food in your hand.
Then slowly move your hand downward into your tummy, while saying the word “hungry.”

Stephen Lau

Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Smart and Healthy Pregnancy

Congratulations! You’ve done what only a woman can do: becoming pregnant. Hopefully, this is what you’ve been hoping and planning for. Even if it’s a pleasant surprise to you, pregnancy is going to be a new chapter in your life. Pregnancy is going to change your life forever.

No matter what, it’s important to have guidelines for a safe and healthy pregnancy throughout, and this is what this book is all about: the dos and don’ts, the whys and the why nots of what a pregnant woman should know and act accordingly.

Remember, a baby is the most wonderful gift a couple can give to each other. Pregnancy is an amazing, exciting, and educational experience for a couple to share with each other. From fertility, conception, to the miracle of birth, a couple experiences emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual transformation that is not only sensational but also challenging during this nine-month period.

To ensure that the baby has the best possible beginning in life, you need to empower yourself with the dos and don’ts. Good luck to you and your baby!

by Sally Smart

This book is written for mothers-to-be, who want to have a healthy pregnancy giving a healthy and smart baby. To get your digital copy, click here.

Sally Smart
 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Teach Your Smart Kid to Read


The 29 steps of teaching children to read!

The 6 stages of reading progress with indicators of reading readiness for each stage!

Over 90 activities/games to reinforce basic reading skills inculcated to children!

More than 50 illustrations to show you how!

They will guide you along the process of teaching children to read.

You will enjoy 29 STEPS TO TEACH YOUR SMART CHILD TO READ with its rich illustrations, as well as the memorable experience of teaching children to read step-by-step through activities, games and your everyday interactions with them. 


Make it a fun time to turn children into not only early but also proficient readers. 


This 117-page is based on how I taught my daughter to read some 30 years ago. 

Like all proud parents, I was and still am proud of the fact that I could teach her how to read when she just turned three (most children learn at the age of five). The TV and all electronic devices may not be as effective as YOU, the parent, to teach your child through everyday intellectual interactions, games, and activities. 

This book provides 29 steps that could begin as early as your baby is one-month-old. My daughter became a proficient reader when she was five (reading books with little or no illustrations). By seven, she would not let me teach her anything -- she could find everything from books. It paid off and it's worth all the initial efforts in teaching her to become an early reader. Now she's an attorney in the United States.  I wrote this book because she has recently become a mother herself, and that's why I wrote this book to share my experience some three decades ago.

You can do it, and the book will show you how!

Also, read my book" Make Your Smart Baby Super Smart.

Stephen Lau


Monday, June 26, 2017

A Balanced Acid-Alkaline Diet for a Healthy Pregnancy

Do adopt a balanced acid-alkaline diet throughout your pregnancy (why: a balanced acid-alkaline level increases your energy and vitality, neutralizes excess acids in your body, removes accumulated toxins in your blood, strengthens your immune system and organ systems, destroys harmful microorganisms, and balances the pH in your body).
  
Your body cells, as well as those of your baby, need an optimum environment for growth and replication: they need a balanced acid-and-alkaline environment. Acid and alkaline are substances that have opposing qualities. Your body functions at its best when the pH is optimum, which is slightly alkaline. The pH of your blood, tissues, and body fluids directly affect the state of your cellular health as well as that of your baby.
  
The pH scale ranges between one and fourteen. Seven is considered neutral. Anything below seven is considered acidic, while anything above seven is considered alkaline. Deviations above or below a 7.30 and 7.40 pH range can signal potentially serious and even dangerous health conditions.
  
Don’t let your body become too acidic (why not: when your body is too acidic, the tissues of your cells are forced to relinquish their alkaline reserves, depleting them of alkaline minerals, which are the components of the tissues themselves; the acute shortage of alkaline minerals will lead to disease and the malfunctioning of the immune system).
  
Acidification comes from excess intake of foods containing great amounts of acid, and insufficient elimination by the body through the kidneys (urination) and the skin (sweating). Not too much acid can actually stay in the bloodstream, and, accordingly, any excess is directed to other body organs and tissues, where it can accumulate.
  
Too much acidification can make you unhealthy, and even sick:
    
The corrosive nature of acid irritates your body organs, causing inflammation, which is often a source of body pain, pain, and hardening of tissues.

Acidic sweat may cause skin allergy, especially in areas where sweat seems to accumulate, such as the armpits.
Acidic urine may cause infection and inflammation in the urinary tract, resulting in bladder problems.

Acidification may cause lesions of the mucous membranes, for example, your respiratory system, making them vulnerable to infections.

Acidification decreases the activity of enzymes in the body, which are responsible for proper digestion of foods and assimilation of nutrients.
Loss of minerals may result in bone loss and brittle bones for the baby, as well as joint inflammation and hair loss for the mother.

Diet is the main contributor to excess acidification in the body. Your diet is the primary source that determines your acid-alkaline level in your body. All the foods you eat can be divided into three main groups:

Acidifying Foods

Acidifying foods are characterized by their high protein content, and/or fats, including the following:

Meat, poultry, fish and seafood
Eggs
Cheese
Vegetable oils
Whole grains
Beans, such as broad bean, chickpeas, peanuts, soybeans, and white beans
Bread, pasta, and cereals
Sweets and sugars, including brown sugar and honey
Sugary drinks and sodas
Alcohol, coffee, and tea

Your digestion of protein produces amino acids (containing acid minerals, such as phosphorus and sulfur) during digestion, and uric acids during acidic degradation.
  
You utilize fat in the form of fatty acids, and your digestion of saturated fat is often incomplete, resulting in toxic acid substances that contribute to acidification.
  
Your digestion of glucose may be adversely affected by inadequate or poor metabolism, turning originally alkaline elements into acidic ones.
  
Your consumption of too much sugar (the average person in the United States consumes approximately 90 pounds per year—which is much too much) strains your body’s metabolism in converting it into energy, and thus creating more acid in the process.
  
The bottom line: do consume less acidifying food. 

Acid Foods
  
Acid foods may be alkalizing if your body’s metabolism is efficient. In other words, if your body can easily metabolize and oxidize them, these foods can be transformed into alkaline elements, making your body more alkaline, instead of more acidic.

Acid foods contain a good deal of acid, and are acidic in taste, include the following:

Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
Grapefruit, lemons, oranges, and tangerines
Sweet fruits, such as watermelon
Unripe fruits
Acid vegetable, such as rhubarb, tomato, and watercress
Honey
Vinegar
Yogurt

Do eat the fruit, instead of drinking its juice (why: alkaline minerals are present in the pulp; the juice without the pulp is only more acidic). Cooking fruits does not remove their acidity.
    
Alkalizing Foods

Alkalizing foods contain little or no acid substances, and they do not produce acids when metabolized by your body. Alkalizing foods include the following:

Green vegetables
Colored vegetables (except tomato)
Chestnut
Potato
Avocado
Black olives
Bananas
Dried fruits
Almonds and Brazil nuts
Milk
Alkaline mineral waters
Cold-pressed oils

Potato, especially its juice, is good for stomach acidity and ulcers. It is often an ideal alternative to acidifying cereal grains.
  

Dried fruits are alkalizing (why: much of the acid is removed through the drying process). Do eat more dried fruits during pregnancy.

Sally Smart


Friday, June 23, 2017

Make Your Baby A Geniusb

Thomas Edison rightfully said: “Genius is one percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.”

This applies to both the baby and the parents. Perspiration means effort and endeavor, both of which involve consistent and considerable time consumption. Do spend time with your baby if you want him to be smart. If you are the parents who wish your baby to become a super baby—not necessarily a genius or prodigy someday—there are many things you have to do, as well as many things you shouldn’t do.

Repetitions

Do repeat and repeat. Repetitions strengthen the neural pathways in your baby’s brain. Do any activity with your baby again and yet again.

Do encourage your baby to repeat his activities again and yet again.

Don’t stop an activity just because your baby has already acquired the skills or learned how to do it. Repeat it not only to reinforce it but also to improve his memory skills.
 
Don’t get bored yourself. Instead, do observe the subtle differences in the repetitions of those activities to better understand how your baby has managed and mastered those memory skills.

Stimulations

Do give your baby stimulations as many and as often as possible. Any physical stimulation enhances brain cells and motor skills development in your baby.

Do stimulate your baby’s auditory sensations. Do speak in different tones: whispering and shouting (of course, don’t frighten your baby).

Do articulate your words slowly, syllable by syllable. Do sing to your baby, even creating your own words and rhythms.

Do touch your baby as often as possible, especially his fingers and toes.

Do create movements: exaggerated facial expressions; clapping hands; and even jumping up and down.

Do vary your stimulations, the types, as well as the duration.

Do encourage your baby to respond to your different stimulations. If he makes noises, let him. If he smiles, repeat it.

The bottom line: don’t let your baby get bored; but don’t over-stimulate your baby (no more than 5 minutes each time). 


This book is written for parents and grandparents who wish to make their smart babies super smart. This can be achieved through everyday simple games, activities and interactions aimed at increasing brain cells through spatial intelligence, non-verbal communication, emotional development, language skills, kinesthetic enhancement, and music appreciation.

Stephen Lau