Monday, December 11, 2017

Teaching Your Smart Kid to Read

Smart kids are not born, but made. Therefore, as a smart parent, if you want to make your kid smart intellectually, you must begin teaching your kid to read at an early age, as early as possible. From my own experience, I began teaching my daughter to read when she was only eight months old. I have written this book based on my past experience. 





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.


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

Stephen Lau

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Dos and Don'ts to Protect the Immune System During Pregnancy

Do enhance and protect the immune system of the baby and the mother during pregnancy, in particular, the overall health and well-being of the baby before and after birth.
    
The Dos and Don’ts

Do eat only living foods: fresh, whole, and, preferably, organic foods. Don’t eat processed foods (supermarket foods), which are loaded with colorings, preservatives, and taste enhancers.
Do eat sea salt, which is loaded with minerals. Don’t eat table salt (why not: research showed that increased salt intake proportionately increases cancer risk in the bladder, esophagus, and stomach).  
Do get your sugar from fruits and vegetables. Don’t take refined sugar or, worse, artificial sugars, such as aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose (why not: they are more dangerous than refined sugar, because they are loaded with chemicals that impair the immune system).
Do chew your food thoroughly—at least 10-15 times before swallowing (why: thorough chewing activates enzymes for better digestion facilitates the absorption of vitamins and nutrients, and reduces the production of stomach acid, which is a source of heartburn).
    
Foods to Boost the Immune System

Apples
  
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Do eat two to three apples a day to keep you healthy throughout your pregnancy (why: the pectin in apples may decrease your cholesterol levels, facilitate your bowel movements to keep you internally clean and to avoid constipation, which may be common during your pregnancy, and improve your lung function).
  
Don’t peel the apples (why not: the nutrients are in the skin). Get organic apples, if possible, to avoid pesticides.

Brown Rice
  
Do eat brown rice, which is one of the few pain-safe foods (foods that do not trigger body pain). It is one of the best staple foods for lowering high blood sugar. Brown rice is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients essential for a healthy pregnancy.

Don’t get white rice (why not: while rice is stripped of its nutrients).

Sea Vegetables
  
Do add sea vegetables to your salads and soups (why: sea vegetables have more concentrated nutrients, such as calcium, iron, and protein, than land vegetables).
Sweet Potatoes and Yams

Do include sweet potatoes and yams in your daily diet (why: sweet potatoes and yams are rich in beta-carotene, fiber, protein, vitamin C, and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)—a precursor hormone).

The Burdock and Daikon Drink for a Healthier Immune System
  
Burdock root has been used as both food and medicine in Asia and Europe for thousands of years. Recently, it has been used as a nourishing tonic for cancer, liver disease, and rheumatism. Burdock root is a staple diet of the Japanese, who are among the peoples with the longest lifespan in the world.

Fresh burdock root is available at many greengrocers, Asian supermarkets, and natural food stores in the United States.

Daikon is Japanese radish. Its phytochemicals have recognized healing and anti-carcinogenic properties: it cleanses the blood (the kidneys); it promotes energy circulation; it increases the metabolic rate (a weight loss remedy in Asia); it decongests the lungs, clears sore throat, colds, and edema.

These are the ingredients to make the burdock and daikon drink:

One burdock root (about 24 inches long)
One daikon with green tops
One small carrot with green tops

Here is how to prepare the drink:

Cut all ingredients into small pieces.
Place them in a pot with water double the volume of the ingredients.

Bring to a boil.
Pour out the content, and drink it.
You can repeat the process one more time. This time, after bringing it to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer it for another 20 minutes. Let the ingredients steep in the hot water for another 20 minutes before drinking it.
    
The burdock and daikon drink is a healthy drink for the immune system throughout the pregnancy. Do follow the Asian wisdom for a healthy pregnancy.


Stephen Lau

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wisdom in Living



This is a completely updated website on how to live your life as if everything is a miracle.

The journey of life is long and unpredictable. We all need wisdom to guide us along the way so that we will not get lost; even if we do, we may still find out way back to where it will eventually lead us to our final destination.

This new website may provide you with wisdom as your compass and roadmap on your life journey.

Wisdom in living comprises seeking God's wisdom through understanding human wisdom in order to live a meaningful and purposeful life, even in the golden years. The ancient wisdom of Tao holds the key to applying these principles of life and living in this modern world.

Stephen Lau

Monday, December 4, 2017

Repetitions and Stimulations for Your Smart Baby

Repetitions and Stimulations

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.

Use of 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.

Use of 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). 

Stephen Lau      
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tao Wisdom Is Already Inside You

Don't look elsewhere! Tao wisdom is  already inside each and every one of us!

Tao wisdom is the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese sage who was the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching, which is one of the most widely translated works in world literature, perhaps only second to the Bible. Tao is also known as the Way—the way or direction to understanding true wisdom, whether it is human or spiritual wisdom.

Look no further! Tao wisdom is already inside you. Jesus said: “Seek and you shall find.” You need not look any further because it is right inside you! Ironically enough, it is not easy to find the Way: we tend to look to others or outside of ourselves in quest of that far-fetched and forever elusive wisdom.

There was the story of a beggar who asked a stranger for money. The stranger said he had no money to give him, and asked the beggar if he would look elsewhere for money, including the box he was sitting on. The beggar said he had been sitting on that box for years but he had never looked inside it. The stranger urged him to look inside the box. Reluctantly, he did. To his amazement, he found the box was filled with gold coins.

Yes, Tao wisdom is inside each and every one of us! But you have to look, just like the beggar did in the story!

Why must you look for Tao wisdom inside you, and where do you look?

Unlike conventional wisdom, which is external, focusing on the acquisition of knowledge, Tao wisdom, on the other hand is internal. According to conventional wisdom, knowledge is empowering; the more knowledgeable you are, the wiser you become. The ancient wisdom of Tao is quite the opposite: the more you know, paradoxically, the less wisdom you may have. As a matter of fact, there was the story of a professor seeking the wisdom of Zen (originated from Tao) from a Zen master who kept on pouring tea into the already filled-to-the-brim teacup of the professor. Later on, the Zen master told the professor that in order to fully understand the wisdom of Zen or the Way, he must, first of all, empty all his preconceived ideas of Zen, that is, he must have an empty mind to be receptive of the wisdom. Hence, to fully understand Tao, one must preempt one's mind of any knowledge. 

Accordingly, following the teachings of others, looking for role models to imitate, and making extra efforts—all recommended by conventional wisdom—they will not work for the ancient wisdom of Lao Tzu. In Tao wisdom, you just look inside yourself because the internal wisdom is based on intuition of, insight into, and internalizing of your own experiences in life. It is "your" life and "your" own experiences that are uniquely yours. Looking for external sources does not help, and nobody can tell you how you should live your life. Only you have access to your life's blueprint, which is the essence of Tao wisdom in living.

Stephen Lau
Copyright © Stephen Lau

Monday, November 6, 2017

Live Your Life with TAO Wisdom

Live Your Life with TAO Wisdom

Being a parent, especially for the first time, can be very stressful. Learn to live your life with TAO wisdom, the ancient wisdom from China more than 2,600 years ago.

Don't look elsewhere! TAO wisdom is internal wisdom; it is already inside each and every one of us!

TAO wisdom is the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese sage who was the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching, which is one of the most widely translated works in world literature, perhaps only second to the Bible.

So, what is TAO wisdom? Tao is also known as the Way—the way or direction to understanding true wisdom, whether it is human or spiritual wisdom.

Look no further! TAO wisdom is inside you. You need not look any further because it is right inside you! Ironically enough, it is not easy to find the Way: we tend to look to others or outside of ourselves in quest of that far-fetched and forever elusive wisdom.

There was the story of a beggar who asked a stranger for money. The stranger said he had no money to give him, and asked the beggar if he would look elsewhere for money, including the box he was sitting on. The beggar said he had been sitting on that box for years but he had never looked inside it. The stranger urged him to look inside the box. Reluctantly, he did. To his amazement, he found the box was filled with gold coins.

Yes, TAO wisdom is inside each and every one of us! But you have to look, just like the beggar did in the story!

Unlike conventional wisdom, which is external, focusing on the acquisition of knowledge, TAO wisdom, on the other hand, is internal. According to conventional wisdom, knowledge is empowering; the more knowledgeable you are, the wiser you become. The ancient wisdom of Tao is quite the opposite: the more you know, paradoxically, the less wisdom you may have. As a matter of fact, there was the story of a professor seeking the wisdom of Zen (originated from Tao) from a Zen master who kept on pouring tea into the already filled-to-the-brim teacup of the professor. Later on, the Zen master told the professor that in order to fully understand the wisdom of Zen or the Way, he must, first of all, empty all his preconceived ideas of Zen, that is, he must have an empty mind to be receptive of the wisdom. Hence, to fully understand Tao, one must preempt one's mind of any knowledge. 

Accordingly, following the teachings of others, looking for role models to imitate, and making extra efforts—all recommended by conventional wisdom—they will not work for the ancient wisdom of Lao Tzu. In TAO wisdom, you just look inside yourself because the internal wisdom is based on intuition of, insight into, and internalizing of your own experiences in life. It is "your" life and "your" own experiences that are uniquely yours. Looking for external sources does not help, and nobody can tell you how you should live your life. Only you have access to your life's blueprint, which is the essence of Tao wisdom in living.


The Book of Life and Living is an explanation of ancient wisdom, contemporary wisdom, and spiritual wisdom illustrated with concrete everyday examples. Create your own recipe for wisdom in living. 

Stephen Lau
Copyright © Stephen Lau

Saturday, November 4, 2017

A Healthy Drink for a Healthy Pregnancy

The Burdock and Daikon Drink for a Healthy Pregnancy

Burdock root has been used as both food and medicine in Asia and Europe for thousands of years. Recently, it has been used as a nourishing tonic for cancer, liver disease, and rheumatism. Burdock root is a staple diet of the Japanese, who are among the peoples with the longest lifespan in the world.
   
Fresh burdock root is available at many greengrocers, Asian supermarkets, and natural food stores in the United States.

Daikon is Japanese radish. Its phytochemicals have recognized healing and anti-carcinogenic properties: it cleanses the blood (the kidneys); it promotes energy circulation; it increases the metabolic rate (a weight loss remedy in Asia); it decongests the lungs, clears sore throat, colds, and edema.

These are the ingredients to make the burdock and daikon drink:

One burdock root (about 24 inches long)
One daikon with green tops
One small carrot with green tops

Here is how to prepare the drink:

Cut all ingredients into small pieces.
Place them in a pot with water double the volume of the ingredients.
Bring to a boil.
Pour out the content, and drink it.
You can repeat the process one more time. This time, after bringing it to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer it for another 20 minutes. Let the ingredients steep in the hot water for another 20 minutes before drinking it.
    
The burdock and daikon drink is a healthy drink for the immune system throughout the pregnancy. Do follow the Asian wisdom for a healthy pregnancy.


Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau