Saturday, October 21, 2017

Smart Baby Super Smart

This book provides simple guidelines and a blueprint for all parents who wish to make their smart babies super smart.

After months of pregnancy, your baby has finally arrived. This has also opened a new challenging chapter in your life: how to help your baby grow and develop both physically and intellectually to the best potentials. You may easily become overwhelmed by the exhaustive information on the Internet with respect to raising a smart baby. Simplicity holds the key. Be simple in your approach to your everyday activities and interactions with your baby. Make the best and the most out of the first three years of your baby’s life to enhance and optimize brain growth with super intelligence.

This book focuses on simple games and daily activities and interactions to stimulate your baby's brain to develop language skills and spatial intelligence, even as early as one-month- old.  

Stephen Lau 

Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Letting Go to De-Stress

Being a mother now may help you recollect the past -- your own past relationship with your parents. We all have a past; some of us may have a pleasant one, while others a less pleasant one. No matter what, the past was gone, and no longer real, except the memory of it. Only the present is real, and that is why it is called "present" -- a gift or present from the Creator.

Letting go of the past may hold the key to living a stress-free life. It is the wisdom of living well in this day and age. In this material world, many of us believe that more is always better. Why do we want more? The explanation is simple: we tend to identify all material things with our ego: the car we drive, the house we live in, the clothes we wear, the career we have. But they are all in our minds, and they don't last. Knowing this ultimate truth, we still hold on to everything in our possession, refusing to let go. This is how we have created stress in our lives.

According to the ancient wisdom of Tao, which is the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu, the ancient sage from China, who was the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching, one of the most translated works in world literature, letting go begins with the mind first:

"Letting go is emptying the mundane,
to be filled with heavenly grace.

Blessed is he who has an empty mind.
He will be filled with knowledge and wisdom from the Creator.
Blessed is he who has no attachment to worldly things.
He will be compensated with heavenly riches.
Blessed is he who has no ego-self.
He will be rewarded with humility to connect with the Creator.
Blessed is he who has no judgment of self and others.
He will find contentment and empathy in everyone.

Letting go of everything is the Way to the Creator."
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 9)

To find out more about the essentials of Tao wisdom, click here.

Life is about mind over matter. To fully harness your mind power, first of all, you need to fully understand the role of the mind and how your mind works, so that it may work for you, instead of against you; and then learn the strategies to fully utilize your mind power. You think and your thoughts become the raw materials with which you weave the fabrics of your life, including your choices and decisions, your actions and reactions; your thinking is based on your perceptions of your past experiences, and the memories of those experiences.

According to Lao Tzu, an empty mind means you let go of all your memories that are responsible for inflating your ego. Without your ego, you have no stress.

Stephen Lau 
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Monday, October 16, 2017

Start Teaching Your Child to Read

Start Teaching Your Child to Read

It is important as a parent to teach your kid to read as early as possible. Don’t rely on the teacher. Start as early as possible, even during the first few months.

The ability to read holds the key to intelligence as it unlocks the door to a vast realm of human knowledge. There is, in fact, a very close connection between reading ability and intelligence, since children learn mostly by reading. In addition, the skill of reading, once acquired, will be used and enjoyed all their lives, just like swimming or cycling.

Therefore, reading is a human skill fundamental to academic and intellectual progress, and the failure of schools to teach all children to read efficiently has become an acute problem in education, especially in the United States. Illiteracy in America is still growing at an alarming rate. In fact, according to the National Adult Literacy Survey, about 42 million adult Americans cannot read, and another 50 million people whose reading skill is so poor that they can hardly be qualified as literates.

Unfortunately, the grim statistics have not changed much over the years despite the commendable efforts of schools. Illiteracy continues to be a critical problem, demanding enormous resources from local, state, and federal taxes, while arguments about how to teach children to read continue to rage within the education research community, on Capitol Hill, in business, and in the classroom.

Teaching children to read, however, should begin at home, and parents should be their first teachers.

This is a 117-page book on teaching children to read. It is the responsibility of parents, not the teachers, to teach children to read. There are 29 steps that begin as early as babies are only one-month old. These steps span over the infant stage, the pre-reading stage, the reading-readiness stage, the reading stage, the reading reinforcement stage, and the writing stage.

STEP 1:   Developing Motor Abilities & Sensory Perception
STEP 2:   Initiating Imitation
STEP 3:   Developing Thinking
STEP 4:   Pointing at Things
STEP 5:   Developing Active Speech
STEP 6:   Familiarizing with the Orientation of Print
STEP 7:   Teaching Perception and Discrimination
STEP 8:   Teaching Visual/Perceptual Consistency
STEP 9:   Auditory, Visual Sequencing, and Memory Skills
STEP 10: Introducing Finger Painting
STEP 11: Beginning Writing Skill
STEP 12: Introducing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies
STEP 13: Introducing Picture Story Books
STEP 14: Teaching Prediction
STEP 15: Teaching Word Recognition
STEP 16: Teaching the Alphabet
STEP 17: Teaching Pronunciation
STEP 18: Developing Independent Reading
STEP 19: Learning Sounds and Their Letters
STEP 20: Encouraging Printing
STEP 21: Lap Reading
STEP 22: Shared Reading
STEP 23: Paired Reading
STEP 24: Teaching Language Irregularities
STEP 25: Extending Sight Vocabulary
STEP 26: Encouraging the Use of Symbols
STEP 27: Exploring Different Modes of Discourse
STEP 28: Creating a Proper Writing Environment
STEP 29: Teaching the Sentence

These steps with games and activities, as well as interactions with parents, will develop and enhance the basic reading skills necessary for ultimate reading proficiency.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Another FREE Book for Download

By Stephen Lau

This is a book on using eye exercises to overcome bad vision habits that lead to poor vision. The author explains that the eye is an organ of the body, which is controlled by the mind, vision health is holistic health of the body and the mind. 

Good vision is determined by the flexibility of eye muscles. If you exercise your body, there is no rhyme or reason why you should not exercise your eyes for better vision.

The author himself has poor vision due to his myasthenia gravis, which is an autoimmune disease affecting his eye muscles. He is sharing his own experience to use eye exercises for better vision.

Get this book for FREE. Click here to go to the page for your FREE download. 

Stephen Lau

Monday, October 2, 2017

FREE Book for Post Pregnancy Weight Loss!

Download this book ABSOLUTELY FREE to lose a few extra pounds after your pregnancy!

All-Round Weight Loss
by Stephen Lau

Everybody wants to lose some weight; some even want to lose a lot more. But almost everybody gains back all the pounds that have been lost, and then some.

Why is that? Because weight loss is not just about eating less—after all, everybody wants to eat more, not less. Weight loss is about everything, just as Oprah Winfrey once said: “My greatest failure was in believing that the weight issue was just about weight.” Oprah was right. Weight loss is all-round; that is, it involves the body, the mind, and the spirit. To illustrate, weight loss is also about the thinking mind; it is the thoughts that make you fat, more than anything else. According to Esther and Jerry Hicks' bestseller "Money and the Law of Attraction," people not only want the food but also believe that the food will make them fat, and thus have created that which they do not want; unfortunately, their thoughts attract what they do not want, so their bodies respond to the thinking mind, and gain instead of losing weight.

Therefore, going on a fad diet, abstaining from certain types of food, reducing calorie consumption-all these only contribute to the weight-loss hype that sustains the billion-dollar weight-loss industry. The consumers forever lose in the battle of the bulge.

ALL-ROUND WEIGHT LOSS is holistic weight management in that it covers every aspect of weight loss, beginning with the mind, the body, and then the spirit, to make weight loss natural and permanent. Only holistic weight management guarantees lasting weight loss. Do not waste money on diets, and weight-loss products and programs that do not work. Follow the author's simple but comprehensive holistic approach to wellness and weight management. Remember, if you are healthy in body, mind, and soul, you will not have any weight problem.

Click here to go to the page to get your book ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Stephen Lau

Monday, September 25, 2017

Healthy Pregnancy

Getting pregnant is far from being a parent. Generally speaking, it may not be that difficult to become pregnant if both are healthy. But to be a good parent is not easy, and successful parenthood is a lifetime challenge -- one of the many great challenges in life. As a matter of fact, nowadays, many are unfit to be parents; they become parents simply because they are pregnant and have no other choice -- a case in point, the prevalence of child abuse and children being abandoned by their parents.

Be that as it may, there are still many of us who would like to have our own children and be good parents to them. Pregnancy is a major turning point in an individual's life -- opening a new chapter of experiences to be shared and enjoyed by the couple. 

Most recently, my daughter became pregnant with her first child. We are all excited about the pregnancy and the imminent parenthood. 

There are, however, many things a mother should learn to do during the nine months of pregnancy. In addition, there are also many things that her spouse has to do to help her cope with and overcome the challenge of pregnancy, including the physical, the mental, the emotional, and even the spiritual changes brought on by the pregnancy. A safe and healthy pregnancy plays a pivotal part in producing a healthy and smart baby.

The Dos and Don'ts During Pregnancy provides some good advice to help the parents, especially the first-time ones. This book is concise and comprehensive, very highly recommended.

Stephen Lau

Monday, September 18, 2017

Teaching Your Smart Baby to Count

Teach your baby the mathematic concept of numbers, even long before he can speak.

Show your baby your one finger, and say: “ONE.” Then show him your two fingers and say “TWO.” If your baby begins to show his interest in language, he will look at your mouth and watch how you articulate clearly and slowly those words. Repeat the process with two similar objects, such as two balls, saying “ONE” and “TWO.” At first, you baby may think that the sounds of the two words refer to the balls and the fingers. But, as soon as he knows what “balls” and “fingers” are, he will then perceive the abstract concept of numbers. Then proceed to counting other numbers, and play some simple board games, during which he learns to read the numbers on the dice as he moves his playing piece over the board.

The bottom line: expose your baby to the mathematic concept, and let him relate or understand the concept when he is mentally ready. Recognition of objects is the first step, and understanding the mathematic concept of numbers will follow suit.

To illustrate, “Chaser” is the name of the dog belonging to a retired psychologist John Pilley, who has successfully trained his dog to recognize over one thousand toys or items by their name and retrieve them at his command. It was shown on TV that Chaser has the largest tested memory of any non-human animal. If a dog can do it, a smart baby may have the super memory to remember everything. All he needs to do is to harness his mental skills to put everything in the right order through mental perception, and then relate them to some abstract concepts he has experienced or has been exposed to—this mental visualization and subsequent profound understanding is a testament to his intelligence.

Make Your Smart Baby Super Smart

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau