Hi, I'm Chacha Tumbokon , and I studied Psychology and Early Childhood Development. Also, I am a parent of 5 kids who all learned to read before they were 5. My youngest daughter was already reading at age 2. My expertise, experience and interest inspired me to create this site where I can share with you all kinds of information on raising smart kids based on key findings on brain research and child psychology.
There are many advantages to being a smart kid. A smart kid does well in school, get scholarships, and end up ahead in many ways in a competitive world. A smart kid makes you proud as a parent. Who knows, maybe your kid will be a successful entrepreneur or artist or someone who will help solve some of the world's serious problems.
Although we learn from books and expert articles, there is no substitute for actual parental experience.
Of course, following the advice in this site does not guarantee that your kid will be a scholar or a genius. A lot depends on his genetic make-up and inborn temperament. But genes are not destiny. They are raw materials that can be molded by you. If you make use of the tips and information in this site, you are helping to determine how these genes are expressed. You are increasing his (or her) chances to be the best of what he (she) can be intellectually.
If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you can get start by getting info on factors that help or harm your baby's brain development in the womb.
Otherwise, if you already have kids, find the complete list of articles by clicking here.
Hope you like this site! I will be updating it regularly, so keep coming back!
In a nutshell, here are the most important parenting tips on raising your child to help him (or her) grow smart and stimulate his intellectual growth:
1. Give your child an early start – According to the study by Ronald Ferguson, director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, giving your child a head start in learning should “start in the crib”. He recommends the following activities to support early childhood development: maximizing loving responsiveness and minimizing stress, talking, singing and gesturing a lot, using number games and rhythm, enabling and encouraging three-dimensional competencies, and cultivating a love of learning.
2. Read books to your kid – Start reading to him even if he does not understand the words. This gives him a head start in developing language skills. Kids who are read to when young are more likely to develop a lifelong interest in reading, do well in school, and succeed in adult life. Reading books is one of the most important activity that make kids smart.
Read more: Parenting Tips On How To Raise A Smart Child
- Building your baby's brain starts when he still a fetus, or when you are still pregnant. Avoid substances known to be harmful to your baby's brain development, and get adequate nutrition that benefits your baby's brain development like folic acid and fish oil. Read more: Tips on Raising a Smart Baby
- This is the golden age of exploration for your child. Your role at this stage is to be a participant or observer, a provider of toys, and a provider of praise for your child's good performance.
- Play reinforces the mind-body connection. Baby brain cells continue to multiply when your child runs, climbs, touches, feels, manipulates, throws, and experiments with objects.
- Play games with your toddler and engage with in fun activities with him. Children remember experiences that have an emotional component. Your toddler learns better when he plays with you. Click here for an extended list of toddler activities that help boost his brain. Read more: Tips on Raising a Smart Toddler
- Send a clear message to your child that your child's primary job is going to school. During the school week, the family's number one priority is your kid's schooling.
- Even if your child is going to school, keep teaching him at home through everyday experiences. Encourage his curiousity and the love of learning. Read more: Tips on Raising a Smart Preschool Kid
- Communicate to your child that true success in school is not so much about getting top grades. It is about developing a lifelong love of learning and enjoying the socialization in the classroom. Read more: Tips on Raising a Smart School Kid
- At this stage, your teenage kid's enrichment of his brain mostly lies in his hand. You can only guide him and give him advice, but ultimately he is responsible for how he forms his character.
- Teen years are a period of crucial brain development subject to a host of environmental and genetic factors. They are prone to risky behaviors and some of these behaviors have lifelong consequences. Adolescent drinkers, for example, develop profound changes on the genetic expression of releasing stress hormones. They are not able to get used to stressors and have exaggerated response to mild stress. . Read more: Tips on Raising a Smart Teen
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