What makes children smart?

In my jobs as a teacher and a psychologist who does assessment, I have been asked many times about how to increase a child’s IQ points or how they can be smarter. I always reply by saying “there’s no ONE way to make someone smarter”. I tell them that while maternal nutrition and taking the best prenatal vitamins during pregnancy can help in the baby’s brain development, it is not necessarily enough to make them intelligent. Genes do play a factor, but it is not also just that. It is a combination of nature and nurture that fosters intelligence in an individual. Giving them ample opportunities to explore, for example, is an important contributor to intelligence and problem solving abilities. I think that more than just the academic demands of school (which many people think equate to making one smart) it is also important that a child be allowed to play. After all, play is a child’s work. This is how they make sense of the world and understand how to engage with other people. This makes them develop physically, mentally and socially as well.

Other things that help foster intelligence in children can include hand’s on supervision by parents, monitored (not necessarily banned!) television, playing computer games, reading storybooks, taking road trips, and engaging in a hobby such as stamp collecting.

In general, one’s intelligence is influenced by several factors that interact with one another and can not necessarily be taken into individual contexts. As parents and teachers, our job is to help stimulate these  so children can maximize their potentials.

  • #1
    Posted by redamethyst on May 8th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    parents can help a child become smart. words of encouragement are also very helpful

  • #2
    Posted by zoan on May 9th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    yes, as a parent, It is my job to help mold my son into an intelligent individual 🙂

  • #3
    Posted by Sherry on May 9th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I think parents guide are important not just one parent

  • #4
    Posted by Lourdes Espanol on May 10th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I think what makes children smart is a combination of genes and good teaching skills of the parents and teachers. A good preschool also helps in developing the minds of children.

  • #5
    Posted by czaroma on May 12th, 2010 at 12:27 am

    parents really plays a significant role in helping a child to be smart. it starts as soon as a child starts to enjoy learning

  • #6
    Posted by Child Genius Minds on May 17th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Agree with your points. It is important to let children try different things so that they can benefit from positive stimulation. Love is another important ingredient.

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