Make Your Kids Smarter with these 10 Easy Steps
Research show music lessons make kids smarter. Compared with children in the control groups, children in the music groups exhibited greater increases in full-scale IQ.
The Dumb Jock Is a Myth
Jocks are dumb because they spend more time on the field than in the library. But what if you make sure your child devotes time to both? Fact is, being in good shape increases your ability to learn. After exercise people pick up new vocabulary words 20% faster.
Don’t Read To Your Kids, Read With Them
Got a little one who is learning to read? Don’t let them just stare at the pictures in a book while you do all the reading. Call attention to the words. Read with them, not to them.
Sleep Deprivation Makes Kids Stupid
Missing an hour of sleep turns a sixth grader’s brain into that of a fourth grader. Teens who received A’s averaged about fifteen more minutes sleep than the B students, who in turn averaged fifteen more minutes than the C’s, and so on. Every fifteen minutes counts.
IQ Isn’t Worth Much without Self-Discipline
Self-discipline beats IQ at predicting who will be successful in life. Grades have more to do with conscientiousness than raw smarts. Who does best in life? Kids with grit.
Learning Is an Active Process
Real learning isn’t passive, it’s active. Our brains evolved to learn by doing things, not by hearing about them. This is one of the reasons that, for a lot of skills, it’s much better to spend about two thirds of your time testing yourself on it rather than absorbing it
Treats Can Be a Good Thing — At the Right Time
Overall, it would be better if kids ate healthy all the time. Everybody knows you should eat breakfast the day of a big test. High-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best. But what you eat a week in advance matters, too
Happy Kids = Successful Kids
Happier kids are more likely to turn into successful, accomplished adults, and what’s the first step in creating happier kids? Being a happy parent.
Believe In Them
Believing your kid is smarter than average makes a difference. Always believe in your child!