Tips on Raising an Intelligent Child

  • Research shows that children who are read to when very young are more likely to develop a lifelong interest in reading, do well in school and succeed in adult life.  Studies show that reading to children when they are aged 0 to 3 helps them realize their potential during a crucial period in their development.
  • Praise your kid's effort, not his inborn intelligence. Kids who are praised for their intelligence tend to do easy tasks and avoid challenges that might endanger his self-image of being smart. Your kid needs to challenge himself, and thus experience failure every now and then. Not experiencing failure means he has not set his goal high enough, and he will not be able to achieve anything worthwhile.
  • Make lifelong leaning your entire family’s commitment, not just a school requirement.
  • Parental involvement is an important factor for your kid's success in school. Also, more important than attending parent-teacher conferences is showing up at ball games and music recitals.
  • Ideally, fathers should be actively involved in raising kids. According to a 2011 research study from Concordia University, published in the Canadian Journal of Behavior Science, children of fathers who were hands-on and used positive parenting skills tended to have fewer behavioural problems and do better on intelligence tests. Some kids with no contact with fathers, however, also do well intellectually and emotionally because mothers and caregivers make up for the fathers' absence.
  • When a child plays, he is not just having fun, he is developing his brain.
  • Feeding children lots of fatty, sugary and processed foods may lower their IQ, while a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients appears to boost it, British researchers say.
  • Limit your child's tv watching as it affects his ability to develop important life skills. Some TV though, is good, but it has to be selective. A child who is less than 2 years old should not have TV time.
  • Do not expose your child to too much stress. Stress hormones scar the brain, and actually shrink the part that is important for memory and emotion.
  • Do not yell at your kids. ”Spanking with words” have a significant effect on a child’s development. A study from the Harvard Medical School suggests that “parental verbal abuse can injure brain pathways, possibly causing depression, anxiety, and problems with language processing.”
  • Do not maltreat your child. Maltreatment of children can have long term effects on the brain. Teens who were abused in childhood or were neglected can have less brain cells in some areas of the brain  than those who were not maltreat, according to the study publishes in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. In boys, the brain size reduction tends to be concentrated on the areas of the brain associated with impulse control or substance abuse. In girls, the brain reduction is found on the areas of the brain that is linked to depression.
  • If you smoke, do not smoke around your kids. Kids who breathe secondhand some are more likely to struggle with mental problems.
  • Do not feed your kid food that contains monosodium glutamate, as this has been found to kill brain cells.


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