3 surprising ways to help increase your child's IQ
Posted January 31
Updated February 1
Think you can't do anything to increase your child's IQ? Think again. As a parent, you have a significant amount of influence over how your child's brain develops. Easily improve you child's IQ by slipping these activities into their day:
Really, that’s all you need to do. Just talk to your children. Talking about everything (especially when you add in exaggerated facial expressions), will help your child’s vocabulary and stimulate brain growth.
Giving attention to your children is one of the best ways to establish emotional and cognitive connections. And since learning is often motivated by emotions, having conversations that evoke a series of emotions is an excellent way to develop your child's brain. Connecting on an emotional level will also help your child feel safe and comfortable around you.
When you talk to your children, include situations that demonstrate mathematics in the conversation to stimulate their brains. Talk about making predictions with vivid outcomes. Read concept books and bedtime stories to encourage their imagination, which will help them later in life to understand difficult concepts.
Give your children the chance to do crafts, play memory games, create objects with puzzles or Legos and play strategy games like chess. Helping children to concentrate and be creative will help them more easily solve intellectual problems later in life. Even at a young age, it will help them improve their thinking processes.
When your children are young, make sure they have toys with different colors, textures and sounds, but pick toys you like to play with too. When children see that you like to play with their toys they will be more interested.
Think you don't have enough to have more playtime like this? Try limiting your children's screen time. Swap out morning cartoons with building blocks and puzzles instead. Switch out computer time and instead set up a playdate to encourage playing with other people. Let their imagination flourish.
Getting oxygen to your brain is important for your own intellectual capabilities, so the same principle applies to your children. When you teach your children to breath properly, their brains will work better. You will also be teaching your child an important skill, since breathing also helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
One way to teach them how to breath correctly is to allow your children to chew gum (occasionally). The act of chewing gum helps set healthy breathing patterns and aids proper blood circulation to your brain.
Your child’s IQ is important, but it isn’t the most important thing about your child. As you help them, don’t lose sight of why you wanted to improve their IQ in the first place. Children who have high IQs but believe their brain is what defines them will not be as happy and successful as a child who knows they have other admirable qualities. Create an environment of learning, praise and appreciation for your child's unique abilities and see them develop into a healthy, happy and successful adult.
Stacie Simpson is a journalism student. She loves listening to, gathering and sharing stories and advice to help others improve their quality of life. She spends most of her free time with her husband, ballroom dancing, reading and writing.