Nature controls about 50% of our intellectual power and the environment determine the rest. I’ll give you three brain boosters you can use to optimize those attributes. First of all, what is the intelligence brain? scientists essentially describe it as your ability to record information and adapt this new information to unique situations.
Of course, these two components are fundamentally linked to your evolutionary need to survive. Every ability in our intellectual toolkit was engineered to escape instinction and learning first exists to fulfill that goal. This means the three brain boosters will only work if safety needs are met in the first place, so once your kids feel completely safe, here are three great fertilizers for their brain :
1.talk to your kid :
Speak to your children as often as you can. The connection between words and smarts is indisputable. It is one of the most well-established findings in all the developmental literature. In one study, investigators visited 40 families every month for three years and analyzed every aspect of verbal communication between parents and children. At the end they gave IQ tests and followed up years later two very clear findings emerged :
1. the diversity and number of words is important.
2. talking increases IQ : Children whose parents talk positively, richly and regularly to them knew twice as many words and perform a lot better at school than those whose parents talk to them the least, but be careful here !! it takes a real live person to benefit your baby’s brain not a TV or DVD player.
Also, watch out for over stimulation which can be as harmful as under stimulation, so it’s important to watch your baby for signs of fatigue, but the bottom line is clear a whole lot of talking is like fertilizer for neurons.
2.encourage open-ended play :
to encourage imaginative open-ended, some doctors say that open-ended activities are as important to a child’s bureau growth as protein, not open-ended purchase of electronic educational toys, this means the box the flashcards come in is probably more beneficial to a toddler’s brain than the flashcards themselves.
According to studies the benefits are stunning, allowing kids a specific type of open-ended playtime make them more creative, have more social skills and less stress, better at language, better at the memory and better at problem-solving.
According to these doctors, the data are so clear that you could use them to design your family playroom. The ability of kids under five to engage in imaginative activities is a better gauge of academic success than any other activity, but be careful here !! not just any type of play will bring about those great cognitive benefits. The play needs to involve impulse control and self-regulation, far from the carefree activity and may seem imaginative play involves the most tightly restrictive behaviors children experience.
When a child plays a role and pretends to be a chef, for example, he has to follow expectations and limitations rules of that role and so do his friends. They often have to push and argue until they agree on what those roles are and that’s how self-control develops. So we can see that emotional regulation predicts better cognitive performance.
3.praise effort instead of accomplishment :
As any parent knows, a child with naturally high intelligence will not necessarily succeed well in school. What separates high performers from low performers is usually another innate IQ level. It is the most recent finding suggests, a much more boring but controllable factor all other things being equal, it is effort and deliberate practice.
From a psychological perspective, an effort is in part the willingness to focus your attention and then sustain that focus. So effort involves impulse control and a persistent ability to delay gratification, those executive function behaviors again. How can you get that kind of effort from your child? surprisingly it’s how you praise her because what you praise defines what your child perceives success to be.
Here’s where parents make a common mistake. One that creates the saddest sight for a teacher, a bright child who hates learning. So instead of saying: “you’re so good”, say: “you worked hard”. Kids praise for effort to complete 50 to 60 percent more hard math problems than kids praised for intelligence. Part of the reason for this is that these see mistakes as a result of a lack of effort not a lack of ability.
In other words, they see mistakes as opportunities for improvement rather than failures. Maybe effort simply allows children to better mobilize whatever intelligence that was born with. Either way, you want effort as the third nutrient in your fertilizer, there you have it !! three great ways to boost your kid’s intelligence :
1.talk to him or her
2. encourage open-ended play
3. praise his or her effort.