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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Raising Smarter and Intelligent Children

By Andrew Loh

With all the attention on how to raise smart children becoming more vocal both in the press and media, it is not surprising to see that many parents are feeling a sort of confused. Young and growing children carry billions of neurons in their brain and these neurons carry a tremendous ability to make them smart and intelligent. However, as children grow in physiological age, many of these neurons just wither way and become wastage because of disuse. The most well-kept secret to make all those neurons empowered and active is to keep them in use from time to time. To make your children smarter and intelligent, you may need to keep those neurons burning throughout day and night. The most important question that every parent might ask is how to make their children smarter and wiser. The answer to this dicey question is to stay in touch with their children and create a meaningful connection with them.

The best predictor for ensured success is to create a one-on-one and nurturing relationship between the parent and children. A supportive, caring, affectionate and loving environment is all that are needed to make your children smart and intelligent. The first obvious step is to create a intellectual and social development in children. How your children learn and what they learn have a close relationship. Smarter parents understand that intelligent and smarter children will always feel better, wiser and confident, when their parents support and care for them.

Intelligent and smart children are the by-products of several positive characters and traits (also called multi-intelligences) like visual-spatial, linguistic-verbal, musical, cognitive, bodily-kinesthetic, logical, mathematical, inter-personal, intra-personal, societal and personal. Intelligence or smartness are two distinctive words that denote a child's ability to possess many of the above-mentioned traits in different combinations. Intelligence is also an innate capacity to solve simple to complex problems and later find practical solutions to them.

Children use and employ a very fine combination of all these abilities to process available information around  them. Knowing how your children respond to the available information and data and make a sense of what they hear, listen, feel, perceive and see will help you find out ways to guide and mentor them. This approach will also help you in designing methods and strategies to make children smart and intelligent. Every child is a manifestation of many abilities and positive/negative traits. However, the types, kinds and qualities of these characters decide the degree or level of smartness in your children. Every child has his or her own mind and brain that act together in a certain manner. Parents may need to direct or re-channel this perceived action towards achieving better brain cell connections and pathways. Hence, a significant portion of brain development takes place within the first ten years of a child's life.

In the initial stages, parents may need to observe and watch how their children act and behave. They may need to notice and observe things or events that interest their children. What interests your child the most? Is it the natural life around him or her? Is it the animal or plant? How do they react to a particular situation? Is it verbal, visual or kinesthetic? How do they behave in the house and classroom? Do they prefer playing with clay and mud? Do they like to draw pictures and paint them? Whatever your children do or perform, your duty is not to pre-select or judge them, but to encourage them to try, discover, experiment and experience what they do or perform to their fullest possible extent. Invariably, parents get invaluable leads and clues on what their children like and prefer.

Available research finings show that intelligence or smartness among children depend on both genetic and environmental factors. However, with sustained and calibrated efforts, parents can train and teach their children to be intelligent and smart to some extent. Stimulation and brain development can help parents increase base level intelligence. Developing new and fresh neurons, robust neuron pathways and networks can definitely enhance intelligence among children by a marked degree. There are many ways of raising intelligence among children. These ways are simple, effective, practical and are within the reach of parents and mentors. Most of them are very effective and result-oriented in creating a cajoling environment that eventually set a stage for developing and enhancing extended smartness and intelligence among children. With a bit of effort and dedication, parents can easily help their children gain and possess an elusive competitive edge in their classrooms to perform and score better beyond expected levels. Continue to read Parental Techniques for Raising Intelligent and Smarter Children


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