A significant amount of research has been done on the science behind happier kids, effective parenting and joyful familites.
But not much work has been done on identifying parameters that make children smarter.
Here are 7 things that child psychologists recommend to raise smart kids:
1) Music Lessons
Asian parents are up to something here. Research has over-whelming evidence that learning music makes kids smarter:
Children in the music groups exhibit greater increases in full-scale IQ. The effect is significant enough to relate music learning with IQ, as well as, high academic achievement
Being healthy increases kids’ ability to learn. After a good exercise, kids pick up new vocabulary words 30% faster. Brain needs blood for growth, exercise supplies this blood. Plain and simple.
3) Book Reading
An abvious one. Instead of reading books to your kids, read books with them. Independent learning benefits not only with IQ development but also in self confidence, independence and inititaive taking: ket to become successful entrepreneurs.
4) Good sleep:
Research shows that missing an hour of sleep turns a sixth grader’s brain into that of a fourth grader. A loss of two years of cognitive development. Make sure your kids have comfortable sleeping environment.
Research also shows that there is a good corelation between grades and amount of kids’ sleep.
Ok. Not about IQ. But important factor for becoming successful in life. Dozens of studies show that willpower is the single most important keystone habit for individual success
6) Happy Kids = Successful Kids
Happier kids are more likely to turn into successful, accomplished adults. Happiness is a complex equation, though. Stable family, financial security and even genetics impact the happiness of a child.
7) Peer Group Matters
Living in a good neighborhood, going to good schools and making sure your children hang out with good kids can make a big difference. Best way to achieve better grades in school, be friends with smart kids.
Summing It Up
Happy Kids = Successful Kids
Peer Group Matters
Finally, many readers have asked what are the signs of a high IQ kid. If you haven’t seen it yet, here is an article addressing this topic: https://www.testkidsiq.com/signs-high-iq-children/