We all want our children to be smart and to have a high IQ. But the validity of the IQ test as an actual test of intelligence is continuously in question over the years. Regardless, Intelligence quotient remains a widely accepted yardstick today.
Let Kids Think.
By default, kids like to question almost everything because they are curious. Shunning them when they ask these questions is a bad idea, but answering isn’t the best either. Rather than give direct answers to all a child’s question, returning the issue to them allows them to think deeper. You can understand their thought process so you can decide the best answer to give. Guiding a child from ‘question to answer’ thought process will also see them become independent thinkers. So kids raised this way won’t grow up waiting for CNN or Fox News to form their perspective.
Avoid High-Tech Battery-Operated Toys
Unlike the labels and sales pitch preach, high-tech gadgets aren’t the best choice for brain development. In fact, in a study conducted in Seattle by The University of Washington, researchers published that playing with blocks was helpful to childhood cognitive development. High-tech electronic toys sold as intelligence boosters but in the real sense, the toys are scripted and game-directed with little room for creativity. It’s all fun when the game beeps if the child presses the correct button, but that’s the game directing the child and not the child directing the game.
Make Out Time For Boredom
These days, kids are scheduled up to a point where they never get bored all day. To many parents, engaging their child all day seems like a good thing, but a little bit of boredom is healthy for a child. Engaging kids in non-structured imaginative activities also helps them develop language, reasoning, mathematical intelligence, and spatial intelligence skills. A report by Dr. Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. (https://www.parentingscience.com/intelligence.html) prescribes free play as being efficient in developing memory, learning, and aiding the growth of a child’s cerebral cortex.
Humor, Spontaneity, And Adventure
Humor, spontaneity, and adventure can be utilized in a single action and can also get infused into an experience for a child. Psychologists and sociologist are quick to remind the society that academic intelligence isn’t the ultimate. Emotional and social intelligence is critical to human survival. Many studies have proved the correlation between humor and intelligence. Predictability is also boring for kids; they love surprises. Going to the same park every weekend is routine and not adventure. Being humorous, spontaneous, and adventurous will earn you your kid’s rapt attention.
Lead By Example
Choice of vocabulary, gesture, hygiene, temper, etiquettes, philosophy, among other things, are picked up by kids from their immediate environment. Unconsciously, we teach our children more than we do consciously. How we talk to people, hygiene, and how we react to situations are some of the many things our children pick up consciously and subconsciously from their immediate environment. Making your routine, vocabulary, hygiene, and lifestyle in general a lesson for your child will help build their intelligence quotient.