10 Ways to Teach Your Child to be a Genius
Almost every parent thinks of their child as being a genius. From the vague pronunciation of ‘cookie’ at an early age, to a toddler’s seemingly intelligent drawing of a house, that to the parent, looks exactly like the actual White House, parents want geniuses. If you want your child ‘to be’ a genius, then you have to understand what ‘genius’ really is.
Genius refers to a person with supreme intellectual knowledge, a high IQ, or someone with particularly dazzling skills in any field. Genius seems to come naturally to some and must be developed in others; with the expectation that one kind of genius may be very different from someone else’s. Society esteems those who are referred to as being a genius. The characteristics that come with this level of brain capacity; exceptional talent, memory, and a vivacity to learn new concepts quickly, makes for a high chance of success later in life. Growing your child into a genius is a definite process including many methods. Each child will respond better to one method or another. As you begin working with your child, you will learn what teaching style brings the best results.
So why raise a genius? Today’s lifestyle and workforce climate includes the level of education and academic prowess that stands out among job candidates. As the times change and the young children of the present prepare to enter the future workforce, the demands will increase exponentially. For an adult to be considered for the upper echelon of future company’s positions, they need the edge of expanded knowledge and well-rounded abilities.
Genius training and lifestyle adaptation does just that!
10Talk to Your Child Often
An infant is said to be able to hear their parents talking to them while in the womb. During the third trimester of pregnancy, it has been found that a developing fetus is able to hear their mother’s voice and recognize it. When the heart rate of babies in the womb was recorded as the mother spoke to them, their heart rate increased. Talking to your baby, even before birth, starts the learning process.
Ask questions to include your child and start them talking with you. Instead of announcing your trip to the grocery store with your child, ask them, “What would happen if we didn’t buy groceries today?” Your child may be too young to answer in a logical manner, but they will look at you and ‘wonder’ about your question. If old enough, they will develop some answers, hoping to create a reason or answer that makes going to the grocery store a valuable trip. The question is not to elicit a valid response, but to get your child talking and engaging in conversation. This also sends the message that their opinion matters to you as you make the decision.
Talk to your child using words and descriptions beyond their appropriate age level. They may not understand at first, but the more you use the same word in a similar situation, you child will learn the context of its use. When doing chores at home or working in the yard, have your child come along. Talk about the tools you are using, the process of planting, or how you will fix the broken fence. In the garage, explain why the oil has to be changed in the car. The action they see and the words and phrases you use will make sense, and they will learn quickly what method is associated with each phrase or word.
A child, who learns at home to participate in chores and tasks even before they can talk, will be eager to learn additional processes as they watch and hear you explain the methodology and reasoning. Talking to them from early on stimulates their mind to be inquisitive and develops an early desire to learn.
9Read to Your Child from Birth!
Reading to your child, as early as infancy, develops an inquisitive child. Once they learn to love being read to, it carries that desire into their own reading habits. Reading books, whether in paper format or electronic, opens up a world of knowledge and mystery to a child’s developing brain. A child read to often will have a vast background in fiction and non-fiction, which in turn helps them learn faster and more efficiently.
Reading time with your child starts the brain working on connecting ideas and stories with compatible information. Their brain learns to crave more information and instills the desire for more awareness and understanding. And reading to and with your child is not limited to the topic of the book or the subject matter. Fiction and non-fiction alike stimulates comprehension in many areas of study such as math, science, and languages.
Good reading habits give your child an advantage over many other children. Low scores in reading comprehension for grade school and high school students have demonstrated the lack of reading from an early age. At home, have books out in every room; sitting on a book shelf, laying on a coffee table, or stacked in baskets, to make them assessable. Read to your child and with them. Picking up a book for yourself and one for your child to have a reading time together makes reading a regular activity.
8Find an Instrument Your Child Likes and Provide Music Lessons
Mozart was a classic musician and hailed to be a musical genius. We know the richness of classical music is known for having calming properties for infants, but can music make your child smarter? And what if music has a direct effect on a child’s ability to learn not just music, but subjects such as science, math, or history?
Much research is done to correlate the learning of a musical instrument with accelerated studies in other areas when music is introduced to young children. Whether lessons for classical piano, or guitar lessons to learn rock and roll, children who play a musical instrument become better students.
The experience of learning music to play an instrument involves reading sheet music, listening for intonation, and moving their fingers to form notes. This hands-on experience trains children to naturally apply the techniques to other subjects. Infants exposed to music will move to the rhythm and recognize types of music. Slower songs indicate a time to rest or think, while funky music gets them moving to the beat. These associations build a foundation for learning carried into school age and beyond.
Music employs many skills making use of their eyes, ears, large and small muscles, and adaptive learning cognition. Learning music stimulates learning in general and helps discipline a child to practice and progress in their skill. Parents do well to incorporate music lessons into their child’s every day routine. This musical learning ability facilitates the habits of a genius in the making!
7Want to Raise a Genius? Get Them Moving!
We think of exercise as a physical conditioning activity. But any exercise that gets your child moving and provides aerobic activity will increase brain function, memory, and test scores. Brain health is directly affected by physical activity. Studies have even shown a relation to intelligent children born to moms that exercised during pregnancy.
Why is exercise going to make your child smarter? Exercise creates an increase of blood flow throughout a child’s body and that brings more blood and oxygen to the brain. Brain tissue, like all body systems, requires a good source of blood and oxygen to operate at the highest ability possible. Moving the body also elevates the levels of two important mood hormones; norepinephrine and endorphins. An improved mood equals a happy child, ready to tackle learning without being held back by fatigue or stress.
With pressure for students to perform better on standardized testing, more of the school day is spent inside concentrating on test score improvement. Recess and physical education often take a back seat to preparing for higher scores. Inquire about your child’s school schedule and add additional after school and weekend activity to increase the amount of exercise they achieve.
Of course, starting early and making exercise a normal routine from an early age will ensure your child becomes accustomed to exercise. Make it a normal activity for you and your child.
6Seize the Moment
Part of instilling great learning habits in your child is to use every opportunity to covertly teach your child new ideas and information. This may seem deceptive, but from infancy on, there are many opportunities to begin the love for learning in your child. Small children learn naturally from exposure and experiences. They are inquisitive and love to explore. This innate quality can be harnessed, creating a smarter and more aware child.
When you prepare a meal, or need to follow a recipe to bake a cake, allow your child to help you measure the ingredients. Even the smallest little one can grasp the mathematical and problem solving methodology of measuring and substituting ingredients. You may have to disregard the ensuing mess, but the pathway to raising a genius will always require more effort and increased patience.
A trip to the grocery store provides a plethora of learning opportunities. Infants can begin relating colors through types of produce and learn about temperature when you hand them a frozen bag of vegetables. The actual trip through the aisles and subsequent checkout produces a sense of completion and finalization of a task. Department stores are great places to extend your infant or toddler’s knowledge of texture by letting them feel the smoothness of a silk blouse and the rough surface of a bristle broom. All the while, use terminology with each sample saying ‘soft’ for the silk and ‘prickly’ for the broom.
Allow your child early exposure to varied locations such as an airport or fire station. Many local organizations have family days for exploring the police station or fire house. Bring your child to every event possible. Even a museum or historical landmark can be a memorable visit for the youngest mind.
Early opportunities to boost your child’s inquisitiveness and reward that curiosity with knowledge gained aides later in sharpened learning ability as they enter school and college.
5Allow Your Child to Fail … and Like it
What child likes to fail? Yet, failure is the sure way to learn concretely and with confidence. Parents, especially those desiring to see their child become a genius, tend to overprotect or shield their children from being hurt by failure. Heavy coaching and training on the parent’s part leaves little room for a child to fail and then learn from their mistakes. Protectiveness leads to understating a failure, therefore hiding the mistake and indicating failing is a bad thing.
We know learning cannot come without failure. And confidence is not gained by overachievement: it is gained in greater strides by attempting, failing, and adjusting to reach success. Academic potential, even from infancy on, is undermined by the perception that only perfection is acceptable. Confining your child to a world viewed as success oriented first, inhibits their gumption to try new things and reach beyond standard learning.
A company made of managers who ‘micro-manage’ their employees, is stunting the growth of that company as employees wait for the yay or nay from a manager. In the same way, smothering your child with assistance and suggestions will stunt them from excelling in school. Fear of failure breeds insecurity. And insecurity prevents your child from taking chances and grasping the thrill of higher education.
4To Praise or Not to Praise
Each baby is born with in inept desire to explore and learn about the world around them. Each infant thrives in a stimulating environment and the earliest learning comes from how they respond to new experiences. When a baby, toddler, or young child finds a particular action has a specific outcome, they subconsciously commit it to memory. This inventory of experiences gathers in the brain of even an infant and adds to their feeling of control and mastery. The benefit results in toddlers and children who feel good about their capability and puts the on the road to confidence. This adds to the child’s ability to be self-sufficient and promotes further motivation to learn.
Where praise becomes crucial is when the infant or child accomplishes any level of success or learns a new skill. The adults that are important to them provide the highest level of confidence when praise is given. Being specific when praising your child, makes them aware of the reason and thus solidifies their efforts and success. Examples of specific and mindful praise are; “You did a great job putting your toys away,” or “I really love the way you wrote your name on your paper.”
Motivational praise is opposite of a negative reinforcement. A child, who is praised for their ‘effort’ as often as for their success, teaches problem solving for future assignments. Instead of, “You knocked down your block tower before finishing it.” Say, “I noticed how hard you worked at building your block tower. I can’t wait to see your next one.” The focus is on what the child did well, instead of what they failed at. There is no false praise for a mistake made, instead praise to drive them to try again. A child will be more apt to take on difficult subjects when they have grown up with proper affirmation.
3Teach Your Child to Eat ‘Wisely’
“You are What You Eat.” We’ve all heard it said. The first coining of the phrase was in 1826 when French author wrote, “Tell Me What You Eat and I’ll Tell You What You Are.” A developing infant in its mother’s womb needs the right amount of nutrients, and prenatal care involves constant monitoring of the mother’s diet. But once an infant is born, the lifetime nutrition and eating habits they learn from birth will affect how well they learn.
In infancy, a shortage of iron and iodine impairs cognitive development and early motor skills. These results can be serious and at times, irreversible. Much data is published on the effect of DHA, an essential fatty acid, during the first years of a child’s life. DHA is a necessary substance needed for production of synapses of the brain. Early brain function is greatly influenced by levels of other nutrients like zinc, folic acid, and choline.
There are scientifically proven benefits of nutrition from infancy on and your child’s ability to learn and retain knowledge. Healthy choices mean foods that contain proteins, vitamins, and readily absorbed nutrients that have a great effect on brain function and learning capability.
Start early: your child needs to be accustomed to healthy food choices and good eating habits so in the future, it will be second nature. Of course, the occasional fast food adventure and candy store trip are required if you want your child to cooperate with healthy eating. To squash the binge on forbidden foods, be sure to allow some treats not normally served at home.
If a child is used to fresh vegetables, home cooked meals, high fiber snacks, and other good food choices, they will retain these habits throughout life. Their education depends on proper nutrition to maximize their brain function and make learning easier.
Your budding genius will reach their optimal IQ when good nutrition is provided from infancy and modeled through daily eating habits.
2TIME is Another Way to Say Genius
TIME is another way to spell LOVE. But time is also a huge factor is raising a genius. Between television and computer games, children have the potential to waste years of learning on mindless activity. Kids naturally gravitate to entertainment in our fast-everything world. They love TV shows, computer games, and videos. Infants are being raised in front of large TV screens, mesmerized by Disney and Sesame Street. Although some of the television an infant watches may be educational, nothing good can come from excessive time spent being babysat by animated images.
If a child is consumed by TV and video games, they learn what they live; wasting time better spent learning. Television must be monitored by choosing what a child watches appropriate to their age and by limiting the time in front of the TV. Make use of a kitchen timer to be clear on the viewing constraint so your child has a start and end expectation. Video games must also be limited and properly chosen to instill learning rather than violence or mindless repetition. There are many ‘real time strategy’ RTS games that require thinking, planning, mathematical computations, and other building skills. These games can benefit the child’s problem solving skills.
The other factor involving time is the parent’s commitment to growing up their child to be a genius. It’s not a process of sending your child to a special school, paying high prices for one-on-one tutoring, or having genetic testing. You are the biggest factor in your child’s journey in education and subsequently, developing a high IQ designating them a true genius. Prepare yourself to give much of your time while raising and educating your child.
Genius doesn’t just happen. A child may be born with exceptional abilities, but it doesn’t mean they will become a genius adult. The early training and education provided by public education or private sources alone will not develop your child into a genius. Your persistence and your child’s ability to go the distance will make or break the process. You will learn as much as your child once you find the system of learning that works most efficiently for you and your little genius.
It’s vital you find the balance between creating a child who has long lasting grit to complete a course and allowing enough free time to let them also be a child. Freedom to explore on their own and learn by happenchance is the alternate side of true grit. The two together find equilibrium so a child can make the most of their education.
There is a known rule; the “10-year-rule” indicating it takes a decade of sticking it out and working hard to find success. Adults, who have achieved a genius IQ and have the tenacity to go the haul, will be successful. But an adult who has even a natural genius IQ but isn’t raised from infancy with the drive to absorb knowledge may not have the same choices.
A talented, smart child, raised to be persistent, can easily achieve a genius IQ. Obstacles will come and hurdles will be faced, but true grit can be more essential than knowledge. To steer your child in the path of longevity, a parent must identify the child’s weaker personality traits. It’s good to take slow steps toward shifting them from quitter to overcomer. It won’t happen right away. Remember the 10-year-rule. Patience will reward your efforts.
Your child exhibits signs of giftedness from infancy and you believe you have a future genius to parent. Now what? Going about the task of raising a genius is not only multifaceted, but unique to each child. Early learning must be stimulated and enjoyed by your child. When you begin early training your child to be a genius, the methods and skills will stay with them throughout their lifetime.
A child’s potential and intelligence is not simply genetics. If a child is identified as having weak subjects, they will adopt this thinking and ultimately put less effort into that subject. Any child can be a genius—if given the opportunity and training. Parents have final control over the success of their child. Helping them reach their highest potential and IQ must start early—even as an infant.
A baby does have the ability to absorb and learn much more than realized. Early brain stimulation provides a child with unconscious advancements beyond education that is delayed until public school age. Parents offer a baby comfort, nurturing, and love. A parent who nurtures a baby’s mind propels the child’s learning journey. To be excited about learning is to propel your child’s own appetite for knowledge.
Do you want to raise a genius child who grows into a genius adult? Waste no time: start now!