Every parent wants their child to do well mentally. Research now shows there are some things you can do to help your child be smarter. Here are some tips.
Children aren’t all born the same – some have a natural knack for numbers and problems while others are naturally athletic and outgoing. Much of this is genetic, but our brains are continually developing. While we can understand new things from a very young age, the Harvard University Preschool Project conducted a study that showed the importance of personal experiences and how they contribute to the mental development of children between the ages 1.5 – 8-years-old is monumental. The experiences children have during these times shape their intellect for years to come.
Studies have already concluded that both parents play a crucial role in their child’s upbringing. This is because they choose what their children are exposed to and what activities they should indulge in. It’s up to you to improve on your children’s mental capabilities throughout their fundamental years – especially their executive functions (a.k.a. brain functions), which involve the basic capabilities of planning, time management, and memory-oriented details. By working to enhance these functions for your children you’re influencing their perceived excellence and setting the tone for their future successes. Science says this is easily doable thanks to mental training activities. This help accelerates your child’s learning and intellectual capabilities in fun-filled ways. At the same time, they also ‘rewire’ and unlock your child’s mental potential. With this in mind, here are a few things you can do.
Help Increase Your Children’s Concentration
Mom’s Choice Awards says there are a few simple activities that can help you improve your children’s memory and concentration. For little kids, having them count their toys and then gradually removing some of them will help. Ask your child which ones you’ve removed. Help your children name the objects in your home and ask them about these objects. All these activities will help you strengthen their retrievable memories. With older children, you can ask them to name objects in a room from their memory. When they repeat words or numbers you can also help them enhance their auditory memory.
Getting Enough Sleep
Sleep plays an important role in recharging your children’s brain functions. Research says taking an hour nap in the afternoon will radically boost your child’s cognitive learning capabilities. This is because their brain takes a break from receiving new information while they’re resting. During this time, it saves the information it was exposed to throughout the day. At the very least, make sure your child gets 10 – 12 hours of sleep and your teenager gets 8 – 10 hours per day.
Children need to be taught to be mindful of what their priorities are and how they should fulfill them. They also need to learn time management as soon as possible. These things are more important than IQ alone. Research shows it’s the most prominent factor in a students’ success.
Don’t just read to your kids, also read with them. This instills the habit in your child. Discussing stories with them helps awaken your child’s imagination and creativity too. Reading also arouses your child’s curiosity and imagination.
Exercising helps increase your child’s learning abilities. Research shows that the brain picks up vocabulary words 20% faster after you exercise. Exercising also consistently increases your blood flow by up to 30%.
Maintain a Proper Diet
You also need to listen to food and drink speakers because the food impacts your child’s learning ability too. This is why you don’t want your child to fill up on things that are full of fat and sugar, especially early on in their life when their brain is growing the fastest. The Telegraph says it’s these early years that are truly linked to intellectual ability. In fact, scientists tracked the long-term health and well being of 14,000 children who were born between 1991 – 1992, quizzing their parents about the types and frequency of food and drink their children consumed between the ages of 3 – 8-years-old. Researchers marked these children on a sliding scale – ranging from really healthy to really unhealthy. They also measured IQ using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. According to their results, a diet that’s full of highly processed foods was associated with a lower IQ even if parents tried to improve their children’s diet later in life. They also found that the opposite was true in that children who ate a healthy diet has a higher IQ. While the increase was only modest, scientists have been able to nearly replicate the same results as were found in a previous ALSPAC research study. As such, this suggests that any cognitive and behavioral effects that are related to eating habits in early childhood persist into later childhood, despite any subsequent changes – including dietary improvements. This is because the brain grows at its fastest rate during the first three years of your child’s life. Good nutrition during this period obviously encourages optimal brain growth.
Meditate with Your Child
Teaching your child meditation techniques helps them learn how to calm and soothe their mind. Deep breathing techniques help them improve their memory and control their emotions.
Have an Open-Door Communication Policy
Encourage young children to speak up and ask questions. Give them your time and attention, especially when they’re struggling to form sentences because this will boost their self-confidence and help them trust you more.
Play with Your Children
Taking time out of your busy schedule to play with your children is the best gift you can give them. Going places with them will help shape their personal experiences and teach them about their surroundings so they become more confident by interacting with their environment. Encourage your child to mingle with other children so they learn how to befriend, share with, and respect others.
Rely more on active instead of passive learning. This engages and challenges their capacity for thinking and learning. Things you’ll want to use here include:
- Real-life and imaginary situations
- Spontaneous activities
- Pre-planned and purposeful activities
- Investigating and exploring their home and classroom
Learning is a continuous process. By indulging in these activities with your child, you’ll help them do better in life.
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