Recently, a child’s level of intelligence was considered a fixed inborn gift from parents. However, contrary to the popular belief, it’s possible to boost your child’s IQ. Recent studies show that the brain is constantly developing new neural connections which can be triggered by constant brain activity. There are several factors that can affect your child’s IQ levels, especially the everyday things that you do and say. Some of the ways to improve your child’s IQ are explained below.
Give Proper Diet and Nutrition
The expression, “You are what you eat” is literally true. You probably know the importance of good food when it comes to your child’s physical development. However, foods that are rich in Omega-3 oils such as flaxseeds, roasted soybeans, salmon fish, mackerel, and walnuts are essential for brain development. Whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat can also be beneficial. Most importantly, avoid giving your child packaged foods. These foods contain lots of artificial materials, including preservatives, sugars, and chemicals, which can be destructive to your child’s physical and cognitive health.
Encourage Physical Exercise
During physical activities, certain hormones are released, and these hormones are beneficial to the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory. As early as infancy, you can use activity tables for babies to introduce your child to intelligent means to exercising their brains. Exercise also increases blood flow to this part of the brain. Encourage your child to spend more time engaging in physical activities such as playing sports, taking up gymnastics, jumping ropes, hula hooping, riding bikes, and dancing.
Teach Your Child More Than One Language
Research shows that kids are capable of fluently learning up to four languages with perfect pronunciation. Bilingual children are known to be more attentive to important information, adept in developing high literacy skills, and skillful in exhibiting better concentration under pressure. So, consider enrolling your child for language lessons to help improve his cognitive skills.
Reading helps develop linguistic intelligence, which is one’s ability to process information using spoken and written language. Reading can be a bit more challenging for your child as it requires the brain to make connections. Nevertheless, reading helps improve your baby’s cognitive abilities in several ways:
- Verbal Fluency
- General Knowledge
Kids who read more show stronger literacy skills. In a nutshell, reading makes your child smarter.
Let Your Child Solve Problems on His Own
Avoid being a lawnmower parent. Lawnmower parents do all the hard work, creating a nice and easy path for their kids to follow. Giving your child a voice in making simple choices is a great way to help him develop decision-making skills. Kids who are allowed to think for themselves tend to develop strong cognitive skills.
Believe in Your Child
This is where the power of the tongue comes in. Your baby’s learning abilities will increase when he feels loved and trusted. Using encouraging words like ‘you are great’ or ‘you can do it’ tend to encourage your child to push the boundaries. So, if you want your children to be smarty-pants, start believing that they are and watch what you say to them. Also, praise their efforts by focusing more on the process and commitment and less on the end result.
It’s better to start developing your baby’s learning abilities as early as possible, preferably in infancy. This provides a lifetime opportunity for brain development. However, these techniques are effective at any age.