Hindu Mommy

August 15, 2006

How to raise a smarter child

Filed under: Kids,Parenting — hindumommy @ 11:02 pm

As if it’s not overwhelming enough for us parents to feed, clean, read the same book a hundred million times and answer ‘why??’ to everything without loosing your cool, now we have to feel guilty that we haven’t done enough to create budding geniuses !

According to this article in Forbes, though it was once thought that intelligence was completely determined by genetics, it turns out that isn’t true. The environment a child is raised in and whom a child is raised by play huge roles in determining how smart and socially adept he or she will be.

From birth to age 3, a child has the ability to increase by her I.Q. by 30 points

Guess my daughters won’t be rocket-scientists and fund my retirement for me 😦 …but here are 8 ways to raising smarter kids

1. Be Natural.

2. Breastfeed

3. Encourage social interaction

4. Get good prenatal care

5. Limit exposure to television

6. Play

7. Start instruments early

8. Use a village to raise a child

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