Make your child smarter in these six simple ways

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My little boy, who is only a little over two years old when this picture was taken, is playing one of his favorite computer games.

What really makes a smart child? Can you boost your child’s intelligence? Why some kids are more intelligent than other kids? These are but just few of the many questions parents would most likely be asking concerning their children’s capacity to improve their own brains.

Genetics play a significant role in your child’s intellectual makeup. It is something that is passed through the genes. When the parents are both intelligent or either of them possessed a higher IQ, then it would most likely be that their offspring would inherit such a trait.

But there are other factors that would also contribute to make kids smarter. Even an average child, provided he was raised in the right way and in the right environment, would reach his full intellectual and creative potential, therefore, making him smart. Here are six simple ways parents could make their kids smarter:

Encourage your child to read. The more you read, to quote from Dr. Seuss in his wonderful book I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, the more you know. Once your child learns to love this habit of reading, it would bring him so many benefits.

His appetite for knowledge is developed through reading. And what’s more interesting was that the more he had this appetite to learn something through reading, the more he wanted to know something. Of course, your child should see it first in you. You had to show him that you read as well.

Expose him early to music. Listening to music, according to a study, helps boost your child’s memory. It makes him to become more attentive. It motivates him to learn.

But listening to music is the only the beginning. When your child learns how to play a musical instrument, then it has a big impact on his brain’s spatial temporal reasoning and proportional thinking. The more that he becomes good at playing a musical instrument, the more that these parts of his brain develop.

Give your child a chance to play smart computer games. While some parents may disagree with me on this for the reason that computer games may have negative effects on children, but it’s not always be the case. Some computer games could actually help children think. Parents need to be selective on what kind of video games they would like their children to play with and for a limited time only.

My son Nathaniel learns how to open a laptop, select a game, and play when he was only a little over two years of age. Now that he would be turning four years old this coming August, he could play a number of games from my laptop and winning.

Computer games, as long as they are kid-friendly, could teach your child about letters, music, logic, mathematics, strategic thinking, phonics, and many more.

Nourish your child through proper nutrition. Giving your child the right foods is very important to make him smart. But feeding the child the right foods that could help develop and grow his brain should begin even before he was born. A pregnant mom should be eating all the foods necessary for the physical and mental health of her child while still in the womb.

Along with proper nutrition, you had to make sure your child is getting enough sleep and to exercise.

Interact with your child. Make him feel loved. Play with him. Child experts and scientists suggest the importance of parents to cuddle, play, and make their child feel he was loved because the absence of these things, as what has been found out, could lead to a child’s having a stunted brain growth.

Give your child a time to play. Social, intellectual, physical, and emotional foundations are developed when your child is playing. And when he is with other kids playing and interacting, he is on to learning to combine ideas, impressions, and feelings with other children’s opinions and experiences.

How playing chess helps your brain

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I’m playing the White Pieces using a modified Queen’s Gambit against the computer with its Sicilian Defense variation. One wrong move and you’re done.

I was surprised to see my son who would be turning four years old this August playing chess on my laptop when I didn’t even teach him how to play it in the first place. He may have been observing me while I’m playing against the computer. Of course, I liked what he did. He was just like me, after all.

Chess is one of my favorite of pastimes. I learned to play the game back when I was only in my grade school years. Nobody taught me how to play it but I learned it by simply watching people played the game themselves.

There was a waiting shade near our house in my hometown where by-standers trooped for chitchats, drinking session, and playing board games like chess. Almost every single day during that time, while I’m on my way to school and in going back from school, I took a portion of my time to watch chess players went all out for their games.

When I already knew how to play the game I played against people much older than me as there was no one in my age bracket would like to challenge me. Of course, I’m losing many good games at first but in the long run I’m improving and started beating known chess players in our place.  I was still in my elementary years at that time and I’m beating people in their thirties and forties. These people were the ones who used to shoo us kids away while we’re watching them play.

If there’s one thing that chess has clearly taught me something back then, when I was only a neophyte of the game, it was how to be patient. You would know you have reached the point of maturity for the game when you’re showing a lot of patience under pressure. Chess teaches us patience.

But what really interests me is the fact that, aside from teaching patience, playing chess helps our brain. It develops and improves memory. This due to the fact that chess involves theory that is complicated and players should memorize different opening variations (my favorite chess openings when I’m playing the White Pieces are the classic Ruy Lopez and Queen’s Gambit and Sicilian Defense and Queen’s Indian when playing the Black Pieces.)

And because it helps develop one’s memory, the ability of a person to concentrate could as well improve as a result. It promotes strategic thinking as the game itself is considered a strategy game.

Chess could also improve one’s critical thinking skills, preserves mental acuity, logic and efficiency, and many more. With all of these good things playing chess could do to your brain, chess is not just a game to waste much of your time with.

I’m happy to see my son playing chess because I’m sure it makes him smarter.