Every parent wants their child to be smart and talented. But, as they say, geniuses are not born, they are made. Each child has his own unique abilities and the task of the parent is to develop his natural inclinations.
It is necessary to engage in the development of the child from early childhood. From the first months of life, the baby actively learns the world around him. During this period, his brain cells grow rapidly, neural connections are formed. The information that the child receives through his senses, as well as the experience that he acquires in the process of knowing the world, stimulate the growth of neural connections, making them more complex and strong. And the more complex these connections, the smarter and smarter the child will be.
So, a few tips on how to stimulate the development of the intellectual potential of your child.
1. Surround him with love and care. When you show tender feelings, hug, kiss your child, you not only give him a sense of security and peace, but also help develop his brain. According to scientists, mother’s love physically affects certain areas of the brain that are responsible for emotions, memory, stress resistance and learning.
2. Read books with your child. Start reading to him as early as possible. This will not only instill in the child a love of reading, but will also help him achieve success in school and life in the future.
3. Praise your child for effort, not ability. Praise for abilities leads to the fact that he, trying to maintain his status, will try to perform easier tasks, avoid difficulties. Praise for efforts motivates the child to become better, that is, to develop. Teach your child not to be afraid of failure. He should treat failure as a way to improve his skills, not as a loss of his own value as a person.
4. Instill a love of learning. A successful child, and subsequently an adult successful person, loves to learn. And it’s not so much about school subjects, but in general about cognitive activity in any sphere of life. Don’t dismiss your kids, keep them interested and help them learn to ask the right questions and find the right answers.
5. Pay attention to your child. Show your interest in his life. Talk to him about his school affairs, or about what was interesting in kindergarten. Go to his performance at school or to a football game. Such live communication will give the child a sense of security and strengthen your emotional connection.
6. Develop perseverance and purposefulness. Teach you to bring the things you have started to their logical conclusion, do not intervene immediately if the baby is faced with difficulty. Do not forget about the development of willpower and discipline. All these qualities are sometimes much more important for a person than innate inclinations and abilities.
7. Play. When a child plays, he not only has fun, but also develops. Choose toys and gameswhich will develop the imagination, or help to gain useful skills.
8. Limit TV viewing. Of course, now there are many educational programs, but still, young children are not recommended to sit in front of the screen for a long time. And it is advisable not to allow kids under 2 years old to watch TV at all, since it negatively affects the development of important skills in a child.
9. Develop mathematical thinking in your child. This will be useful to him not only in school, but also in adulthood. It will be easier for him to analyze, draw conclusions, choose ways to solve problems.
10. Do not scold the child for mistakes. Making mistakes is much more useful than we might think. Mistakes are a source of experience and development. Without mistakes, he will not learn perseverance and the desire to achieve a goal, to succeed. Without mistakes, he will not learn to find a way out of difficult situations and act out of a pattern. Without mistakes, the child will not learn to trust himself and believe in his own strength. If you constantly pull the child, pointing out mistakes, scolding him, then he will lose his desire for achievements. He will become lethargic, apathetic, uninterested in anything.
11. If you allow your child to play computer games, give preference to those that are able to teach something. However, do not forget that communication with parents and peers is much more important in childhood.
12. Give your child a good night’s sleep. Healthy sleep is necessary for the baby, like water or food. Lack of sleep leads to tantrums and nervous breakdowns. Also, attention, memory and even vision can deteriorate in children. During sleep, the child does not just rest, he is charged with energy for active mental work. Therefore, from early childhood, you need to teach your baby to the correct sleep schedule.
13. Feed your baby right. A protein-rich diet (eggs, fish, meat, and nuts) improves baby’s attention, reaction time, and thought processes. Vitamins and minerals are very important for the full development. A large amount of fatty foods, sweets and processed foods can significantly affect the level of mental development of a child. Also limit your intake of foods containing monosodium glutamate. According to recent studies, it kills brain cells.
14. Finally, believe in your child!