Young children are much more intelligent than we give them credit for. While your little one might not be Einstein or Curie material quite yet, they do learn a tremendous amount just through everyday living. They learn about physics with toy bricks and maths when setting the table. As parents, we want to give our children every advantage in life, so it’s natural to want to nurture their minds as much as you can. With that in mind, here are six ways to raise smarter kids.
1. Ditch The Junk Food
Junk food doesn’t provide the nutrients that your child needs to live healthily. This can leave them more prone to illness, as well as limit proper brain tissue growth. For this reason, you should try to reduce the amount of junk food in your child’s diet. You needn’t ban sugar and fat altogether, but they should be treats only. Instead, you should offer a balanced diet full of whole foods.
2. Enroll Them In Sports
Any school teacher can tell you that children behave better and concentrate more after break time or PE. This is due to a number of exercise-related benefits, such as reduced stress and higher levels of self-confidence. Because of this, you should ensure that your little one gets plenty of exercise each day. You can enroll them in a type of sport and play with them at home.
3. Work Out That Brain
A child’s brain is like a sponge – It’s ready to soak up any information that comes along. This means that it needs working out just as much, if not more as the body. There are many ways to stimulate a child’s mind, from video games to building blocks. Large jigsaws, like Gibsons jigsaw puzzles, are also beneficial. You can also encourage them to pick up a hobby, like music.
4. Get Them Their Rest
You might think that the most intelligent people out there are those that stay up all hours of the night learning, but that just isn’t true. We all need proper rest for a healthy body and mind. For this reason, you should set a bedtime for your child and ensure that they get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Not only will this keep them alert, but they’ll also have a much happier attitude.
5. Provide A Stable Environment
Children do their best when they feel safe and secure. This means that you have to give them a reliable and steady home environment. To do this, you should have a regular routine that you follow so that they what to expect when they get up each morning. Avoid unnecessarily upsetting your little one by keeping them out of fights and discussions about worrying topics, like money.
6. Offer Lots Of Encouragement
Even if you see your child fail at the same thing one hundred times, you should keep encouraging them to try again. We aren’t all gifted with book-smarts, but, if your little one remains persistent, then they are much more likely to achieve their goals. Teach your kid to learn from their mistakes and to pick themselves up and keep trying no matter what.
To give your kids the best start in life, nurture their intelligence with the advice above.
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