Every one of us wants our child to be a smart, successful, and well-rounded individual who is prepared for the future. But what many don’t know is that there are numerous unconventional ways in which we can help them become their best selves. Here are seven ways that are scientifically proven to help your child become smarter:
- Reading: Instilling the love of reading in your child at an early age is of utmost importance. Children gain the ability to speak and comprehend words faster as they are able to make connections between words and their meanings while you read to them. Colourful books with words and pictures engage your child’s senses and help develop reading skills from an early age, thus enabling him/her to excel in language later on in life.
- Talking to your child: People often talk to their children in a childish voice, with a different accent and pronunciation than in real life. What they don’t know is that this may hamper their linguistic skills down the line. It is important for parents to talk regularly, and normally, with their kids. This facilitates strong language and communication skills and develops a facility for language.
- Musical Training: Research shows that kids who learnt a musical instrument had significantly higher IQs than their counterparts who did not. Not only does music engage your senses, but it also helps children develop motor skills and puts their energy to good use. It also helps cultivate discipline and patience.
- Sports: Having your kids learn a sport will provide them with various advantages. Sports fosters team spirit, eye-hand control, motor control, discipline, and most of all, it’s fun for kids. It also helps for kids to join classes along with their friends so that they are more motivated to stick to it. I for sure regret that I didn’t stick to one sport and try to master it, or I’d have some serious boasting rights by today.
- Fostering great willpower: This may seem odd, but willpower, as studies show, is one factor that consistently affects the quality of our lives and has also proven to make you smarter. An article by Time.com reads: “Students who exerted high levels of willpower were more likely to earn higher grades in their classes and gain admission into more selective schools. They had fewer absences and spent less time watching television and more hours on homework. “Highly self-disciplined adolescents outperformed their more impulsive peers on every academic-performance variable,” the researchers wrote.” Help your kids foster self-discipline by setting up a schedule with them and motivating them to stick to it. This would include having them sit down to study, read, or go and play sports at a certain time of day, consistently.
- Surround them with good influences: Smarter kids start off with good influence. Kids are notorious for mirroring the people they are surrounded with, be it their friends, siblings or parents. If you want your child to become smarter, you must develop in them smart habits. The best way to do so, is to inculcate these smart habits yourself. When you sit down to work, let your child sit and study along with you. Eat healthy, nutritious food, chances are, your child will also be likely to develop the same eating habits.
- Believe in them: Even telling your child that he/she is smart will boost their self-confidence. Studies showed that when teachers were told certain kids were sharper–those kids did better — even though the kids were selected at random. Make sure your kids know you believe in them, and they are sure to do better, academically, and otherwise.