Headstarts: 100 Tips for Raising Clever, Confident, Creative Kids

Allen & Unwin
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Headstarts outlines 100 practical tips to help provide your child with major advantages in both the classroom and the playground.

Cindy Pan and Vanessa Woods distil key findings from the very latest international cognitive science research into short, easy-to-understand pieces covering an array of areas, including:

* the importance of teaching your child positive thinking patterns

* the benefits of hugs on brain development

* how to help your child tackle maths and science

* the best age to learn a new language, and;

* the benefits of good nutrition.

Headstarts provides you with the best possible information for raising clever, confident and creative kids.
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About the author

Dr Cindy Pan is a GP and is best known for her appearances on a wide range of television programs and as a contributor to News Limited papers and women's magazines. She is also the author of Playing Hard to Get and Pandora's Box. She has two young sons. Vanessa Woods is an award-winning journalist who is currently working as a psychology researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Germany where she's studying the cognitive development of chimpanzees and bonobos. She is the author of several It's True titles and It's Every Monkey for Themselves .
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Allen & Unwin
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Dec 31, 2011
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Family & Relationships / Parenting / General
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Vanessa Woods
Brian Hare
Vanessa Woods
 A young woman follows her fiancé to war-torn Congo to study extremely endangered bonobo apes-who teach her a new truth about love and belonging. In 2005, Vanessa Woods accepted a marriage proposal from a man she barely knew and agreed to join him on a research trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country reeling from a brutal decade-long war that had claimed the lives of millions. Settling in at a bonobo sanctuary in Congo's capital, Vanessa and her fiancé entered the world of a rare ape with whom we share 98.7 percent of our DNA. She soon discovered that many of the inhabitants of the sanctuary-ape and human alike-are refugees from unspeakable violence, yet bonobos live in a peaceful society in which females are in charge, war is nonexistent, and sex is as common and friendly as a handshake. A fascinating memoir of hope and adventure, Bonobo Handshake traces Vanessa's self-discovery as she finds herself falling deeply in love with her husband, the apes, and her new surroundings while probing life's greatest question: What ultimately makes us human? Courageous and extraordinary, this true story of revelation and transformation in a fragile corner of Africa is about looking past the differences between animals and ourselves, and finding in them the same extraordinary courage and will to survive. For Vanessa, it is about finding her own path as a writer and scientist, falling in love, and finding a home.

व्हॅनेसा वुड्सनं २००९ मध्ये एका देखण्या प्रियमेटॉलॉजिस्ट- ( चिम्पांझी, बबून्स, बोनोबो इत्यादी एप जातीच्या प्रायमेट्सचा अभ्यास करणारा शास्त्रज्ञ) ब्रायन हेरसोबत-  लग्न करायचं ठरवलं, जो आजवरच्या सर्वांत महत्त्वाच्या प्रश्नाचं उत्तर शोधण्यासाठी धडपडत होता. असं नेमकं काय आहे ज्यामुळे आपण ‘मानव’ बनलो? त्याला विश्वास असतो की या प्रश्नाचं उत्तर  कॉन्गोमध्ये- फ्रान्सपेक्षा आकारानं तिप्पट मोठं जंगल असणाऱ्या आणि सतत युद्ध सुरू असतं, तिथंच मिळेल, कारण बोनोबो फक्त कॉन्गोमध्येच राहतात. व्हॅनेसा त्याच्यासोबत अनाथ बोनोबोंचं आश्रयस्थान असलेल्या किन्शासा अभयारण्यात राहायला जाते. जंगलातील प्राण्यांना मारून त्यांचं मांस बेकायदा विकण्याचा व्यवसाय करणारे जंगलचोर (बुशमीट ट्रेडर्स) बोनोबोंना ठार मारतात आणि त्यांची अनाथ पिल्लं पाळीव प्राणी म्हणून विकतात. तिथून त्यांची सुटका करून त्यांना ‘लोला’मध्ये आणलं जाण्याआधीची अवस्था दारुण असते.  काळ्या जादूकरता आवश्यक म्हणून त्यांची बोटं आणि अंगठे कापून नेलेले असतात. काही हद्दपार झालेले लोक या पिल्लांचा आपल्या घरामध्ये मुलांप्रमाणे सांभाळ करतात. तिथं व्हॅनेसाला स्वतःचा शोध लागतो. बोनोबो हे पुरुषांवर फारसा विश्वास टाकत नाहीत हे स्पष्ट झाल्यावर, व्हॅनेसानं सगळे चाचणी-प्रयोग पार पाडावेत, अशी अपेक्षा केली जाते, आणि मग हळू हळू बोनोबो आणि तिच्यात एक सखोल प्रेमाचा बंध निर्माण होतो. त्या परिसराच्या प्रेमात तर ती पडतेच; शिवाय नवऱ्यावरच्या प्रेमाचाही तिला नव्यानं साक्षात्कार होतो. सहजीवनाचा अर्थ तिला खऱ्या अर्थानं उलगडतो.

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