4 Great Parental Tips for a Smarter Kid

Is it possible for a parent to train their kids to be smarter during their earlier years? Answer is – Yes!

Every parent would do whatever it takes to ensure that their kids excel, especially during their developmental years when they are trying out their many “firsts”. I guess the important question is – what constitutes as ‘smart’ in your definition? If you are curious as to how to maximise learning and cultivate good behaviour in your young children, here are some tips that you may want to try out.

1. Always Make Sure That They Get Enough Sleep

We know this tip has been endlessly regurgitated across many parenting-related guides and articles, but there is good reason for it – The lack of sleep can literally cause your child to lose out in cognitive maturation and development. Studies have also shown that there is a correlation between grades and the amount your child gets to snooze. For example, teens who had fifteen more minutes of sleep compared to those who didn’t scored a grade higher.

Having sleep that happens earlier in the night also tends to be more healing and restorative than having sleep that takes place later. Another study also showed that kids who went to sleep an hour earlier had better short-term and working memory, and attention skills as compared to the kids who slept one hour later.

2. Invest in Music Lessons

Research has shown that kids who take up music lessons tend to be smarter. In the study, the children placed in music groups have shown a greater increase in full-scale IQ. Though the difference is small, but the additional bonus is that music can also help your child develop in other areas such as creativity and the development of coordination and muscle skills.

Just a side note that music does not always need to involve the use of a music instrument – your child’s vocal chords can be counted as an instrument too! Do take caution when it comes to picking the choice of instrument though. In order for this work, your child has to find some form of enjoyment and liking towards the instrument that is being taught.

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3. Cultivate an Active Learning Routine or Habit For Your Child

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If your main worry as a parent is that your child falls behind his or her peers in the intense academic race present in Singapore, It is important for you to realise that the only way for them to catch on effectively is to promote active learning.

This means that you cannot rely solely on passive education methods on your child such as: letting your kid watch just educational DVDs or videos on English to improve their vocabulary, or relying on ‘brain entertainment’ games that is easily available online.

Real learning requires the learner and teacher to be active. You have to engage as a parent, by testing your child and encourage practice when it comes to an area that they need improvement in. This is because our brains are crafted to learn better by doing things, and not simply by hearing about them. You may decide to send them to classes that have complimentary teachings to their learning styles, in that way, they will be able to learn better.

The LeJourney app does just about that – Filling up some questions about your child enables our app to detect the best programmes for your child for effective learning with a personalised learning journey. You can find out more here!

4. Be a Supportive Figure to Your Child When They Are Young

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Another method to train your kids to be smarter during their younger years is to be an engaging and supportive figure. Have a habit in letting your child know that you believe in them and trust in their capacity to do well. An anecdote from The Urban Child Institute revealed that a three year old placed in childcare was adamant in not joining an upcoming class activity simply because he was under the impression that he was ‘not good enough’ and ‘dumb’ due to how harsh his parents were to him at home.

This anecdote shows that as tempting as it is for us to impose onto our children the strict and sometimes, ‘loveless’ upbringing that some of us might have had in the past, it can be detrimental to do so. The child in question already had his development in self-confidence compromised, which is actually one of the key components to healthy social and emotional adjustment.

It is therefore important not to be harsh. Discipline only when you have to. Always make it known to your kids that they can do it – let them know that you will always be believe in them no matter what. It may not necessarily make your kid smarter academically but it will definitely be beneficial to their development in ethics and empathy – after all, intelligence isn’t everything.

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