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You Don't Have to be a Genius to Have Smart Kids!
on 16 June 2011
For me, this is actually the first Buzan book I've read and the first child psychology book as well. I was actually in the bookstore buying a book for a family member in the self help section when this interesting title by this popular author caught my eye. I actually wanted to buy the book, but the cover was slightly folded here and there and it put me off. After making a few calls here and there with some local bookstores, I realized that this was the only copy left anywhere! I rushed out and bought it (I even checked Amazon.com) and I am more than glad that I did.
Although simple to read and follow, the book touches upon simple things that every parent can do to help their child realize his/her potential. The author does a magnificent job of helping parents better understand what motivates children to do what they do, whether it is something that we, as adults, perceive as positive or negative. It also guides parents on how to deal with their child's behaviour once they have understood it.
The book also contains a wonderful chapter on uniqueness and individuality. The author does a beautiful job of explaining and convincing parents how and why their children will naturally be different from them, even if exposed to the very same experiences. Also, within the same chapter, the author also explains with many great examples and details, why siblings will are noticeably different from one another and the roots of that difference even if all the siblings are exposed to the same parents, school, teachers, etc.
After getting three quarters of the way through this book, I have realized that my parents used many if not most of the parenting techniques recommended by the author and they are all things that I distinctly remember vividly till the very day. Now, I hope that by reading this book and better understanding my children I will be able to give them the very same if not more. I have already started to apply a few of the techniques and changed some of my earlier perceptions about parenting and how to raise my kids and I have seen wonders in a couple of weeks time (not exaggerating). Don't get me wrong, I've always tried to inspire my children and allow them to explore their surrounding world, but reading this book made me realize that I was slightly narrow in my methods and have expanded my horizon and the results have been almost instantaneous.
Overall, this is a wonderful book on how to become a better parent and possibly even understand our children's logic even better, thus improving our efforts to give our precious little ones even more through some very simple techniques, changes in attitude, and approaches.