Every parent, right when they take their child in their hand for the first time after their birth, do make an oath for themselves that they would not leave any stone unturned in making their child a smart, clever, and an intelligent one. However, most parents would not be aware of how they can raise a smart child and the steps they have to take towards this endeavour. Here are a few steps that explain why and how it can help you in raising a smart child. These steps are a few of them that were commonly taken by most of the parents, who were successful in raising a smart child.
They read with them and did not read to them
Make the bedtime story session an interactive one. You can start this right from the age, when your child can understand what you are trying to ask him/her. You can show a picture in the story book and ask him/her about it. Say for example, what is the boy in the picture holding? What colour dress he is wearing? Where do you think he is going? This enhances the child’s communication skill, develops his/her reasoning ability and creativity.
They involved their children in household works
You can start with simple jobs like looking after their own toys or rooms. Such small chores help them realize that they are a core part of the family and their contribution towards the family and home is important.
It’s also important for them to realize that the chores or tasks that they get involved in, helps the whole family in keeping the house and things clean, neat and organized. For example, asking them to help you in setting the table for dinner, and then cleaning the table after dinner. Such tasks help develop a sense of understanding towards cleanliness, and also realizing the importance of contribution and participation as a part of a group for achieving a set of objectives.
They talked to their children regularly
Most of the busy parents might tend to miss out on this part. This is especially true with the parents, who follow a busy schedule of 9 hours work and 2 hours of travel. They, who hardly get time even for their basic needs, will obviously not find time to talk with their children. However, you have to realize that communication with your child is highly important in order to not only develop your child’s language and communication skills, but also to develop a bonding with them. Keeping aside at least 15 minutes in a day to ask him/her what happened at their school? What did they learn? Did they make any new friends? Encouraging them to speak, and listening to their sweet talks can help develop their communication skills, thus helping you in raising a smart child.
They cuddled their children
Study shows that babies, who were not cuddled have relatively slower brain growth when compared to the normal standards for different ages. The study also says, babies who were not held in hand, and who did not get enough attention, landed in depression and died eventually. In contrary, babies who were loved, hugged, kissed, tickled, and cuddled became more clever, smarter, and intelligent. They also feel more secure and bonded with their parents. Such kids perform better in academics and also have higher thinking skills.
They let their children have a play time
Although academics do play an important role in a child’s future, play time is equally important. Play creates a good foundation for intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. This is because, when the child plays, he/she gets ideas, and they find ways and means to implement those ideas. This develops their creativity and they eventually become smarter and more intelligent.
They encouraged their children to play smarter computer games
Give your child to play those computer games that can teach your kid how to read and learn numbers. Give them games that can help them in getting hand-eye coordination. This will also prepare them to get used to the ever advancing technology. However, do make sure that your child has a fixed time for this, as computer games can be highly addictive, having a negative impact also, on a child, if not monitored by parents.
They encouraged their children to exercise regularly
If one of the benefits of physical exercises is that it makes your child stronger and more physically fit, a study also shows that exercises increases the flow of blood to the brain, thus enhancing development of new brain cells. Henceforth, it increases the mental sharpness and fosters healthy brain development, thus making them a smarter child.
They enriched their child’s creativity
Kids are creative by nature. However, their creativity might get faded over a period of time, as their age increases, if they are not nurtured. Parents, who are keen on raising a smart child, should provide exposure to their children for music, dance, art, creative writing and more. It is obvious that a child cannot learn many things. You can choose any one of these activities, which you think your child can excel in, and then encourage them to pursue that. A study shows that children who indulge in creative activities, do better in academics than those children, who are forced to study all the time, without giving room for being creative.
They did not micromanage their children
This is one mistake, perhaps most parents do, especially during study and homework time. A child learns to walk only after he/she falls a couple of times. Similarly, your child can learn only from mistakes. If doing correctly, can secure them good marks on tests, mistakes can help them realize why they went wrong initially and what did they do to get it correctly. Realizing a mistake and correcting it is way more important than answering correctly and securing good marks.
They rewarded their children for their good deeds
Do praise them, when they share something with their friends, or when they help somebody. This will help them realize why they should only do good deeds and what doing them means to the society. Eventually, this also helps them in easily learning the difference between what is an acceptable behaviour and what is more lawful in the society, thus helping them become the best citizens of the country.
They did not fear in sharing their past mistakes with their children
Teenagers are always on their toes to trying out new things on their own. And, why wouldn’t they? Even you had the same kind of enthusiasm when you were a teen. However, you are scared that your teen child might end up committing the same mistakes you had done, while you had tried something out of curiosity during your teenage and landed having a bad experience as a result.
However, you may be hesitating to share this experience with your teen child, although you do not want your child to experience the same at any cost. Do not fear. There is an old saying that a teen child should be treated like a friend. Share your past experiences with them fearlessly and let them realize themselves, why they should not be taking certain steps, for which they may have to repent later in their life.