Every parent wants an intelligent child, but not every parent is willing to put in the work it takes to raise one.
Raising a smart child can set them up for a successful future. Experts say that individuals with high IQs have greater well-beings, which ultimately means a better life.
Want to give your child a head start in life? Read what the experts have to say. These are three essential things that all smart children share.
1. Read to Your Child
Experts say that the number one predictor of higher intelligence is reading to your child.
Even when your child is an infant and you think they’re too young to understand, read to them every day. When they’re young, this exposes them to language and helps their brains develop.
As your child grows older, switch from reading to them to reading with them.
As soon as they’re able to understand language, start asking them questions about the books. What do they think is going to happen next? What do the pictures represent? Why do they think a character did a certain action.
Then, when they are learning to read, encourage them to read to you! Keep up this habit for as long as they’ll let you read to them ever night.
2. Do Homework Together
If you’re wondering how to raise a smart child, do their homework with them. No — we don’t mean do their homework for them.
As soon as they start school, start a routine for homework time. Sit down at the table with your child as they complete their homework. You can do your own thing, like reading or getting caught up on chores. This shows you’re available for questions to help them and sets an example as they see you also work.
Always be available to help them with difficult subjects or even studying for tests. Make your own flashcard, create study guides, and be willing to help.
3. Keep Them Healthy
Another way to raise smart children is by raising healthy children.
Raising healthy children means more than just visiting the doctor and keeping them from getting sick. You want them mentally healthy too. If your child is worried about problems going on at home, they’re more likely to be distracted at school.
A smarter kid also involves a good night’s sleep. Studies show that the children who get the least amount of sleep at night, perform the worst at school. Make sure you enforce a bedtime for the sake of your child — no matter how hard they make it.
More Ways to Raise a Smart Child
If you want to raise a smart child, make these three habits routine in their daily life.
If all these actions seem like too much at first, start with just one at a time. Once you and your child adjust to the new habit, it’s time to add in another one. While it all may seem like a lot of work, it’ll pay off when they start bringing home those report cards.
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