Gifted children. We’ve seen these extremely talented prodigies on TV in ads such as Promil or Sustagen. They usually are super smart or can play a classical instrument like the piano or violin. It’s the dream of every parent to have a child whose IQ is a bit higher than everyone else around them. While we won’t suggest drinking a particular brand of milk to do so (if we did, we all should’ve invented a cure for cancer way back then), here are some ways you can help your kid tap into their intelligence.
#1. Flash cards
Read these to your kids to teach them certain words depending on their language level. You, the parent, are the one who can gauge this. If you’re only starting out, go with easier words like “Hi”, “Bye”, or “Go”. When they’ve got a grasp of those you can move on to more complex words like “monocle or “hippopotamus”. Just kidding. But hey, if your kid is really smart, that should be a synch. “Coccyx”. Come on. Try it!
Once they’ve graduated from flash cards, you might want to up it a notch with a book! From words, they move to full sentences and paragraphs.
For a story your kid can read, we’d recommend “Green Eggs & Ham” by Dr. Seuss, just because he’s that awesome.
Nope, we’re not telling you to do this so your kid sheds a few pounds. Though if you think about it, it’s best to start them young. Kidding.
ANYWAYS. They say that “garbage in, garbage out”. So does that mean “treasure in, treasure out”? OKAY SERIOUSLY, if you feed your kid the good stuff, chances are your kid will get the good stuff too! Give him fruits, veggies, and meat instead of that donut from Krispy Kreme or that bag of Clover Chips. Meat is essential because it contains iron, which is good for brain development.
Also, it is important for kids to have a good breakfast. Studies show that it contributes to good memory and longer attention spans. A kid’s brain needs glucose after the fast the night before so it can function properly. Adults, you might want to consider this advise too.
#4. Sleep early
Getting the right amount of sleep improves brain function because your kid’s noggin is well rested. According to a group called SRI International, children who sleep early excel better in language, math, and reading.
If you can’t read this properly, then you need to catch a few extra z’s.
#5. Video games
Yes, that’s right. Video. Games! Although we’re not recommending GTA V, God Of War, Counter-Strike or Call Of Duty. Those are violent. Stay away from those. We suggest games that encourage camaraderie, leadership, and critical thinking. Video games aren’t all that bad, parents. You just have to pick the right ones for your kids.