How to Raise Smart Children
The Magic Five!
1. Read with them.
Reading is a good habit that will be beneficial to them throughout their lives, so from the beginning years, sit with them and take part in it. Don't tell them to read alone neither do it yourself.
2. Let them Experiment.
When a child experiments with his toys, even breaks them in the process, let him do that unless they are expensive, because it is his creativity at action. We have a stereotyped pattern of parenting. We try to discipline the child to an extent that the creativity loses its grip on him. Sometimes children become dull and lousy due to this.
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3. Pave a way for his performance but don't force him to perform.
If he wants to take part in different activities related or unrelated to academics, allow him to do that and appreciate him irrespective of the result that he achieves.
But don't force or push them to take part if they don't want to. Because this makes the child resistant to such things, and he may stop taking initiative, Just shower him with your support and let him take time to bloom!
4. Appreciate when he performs and reward him.
Sometimes all we need is a pat on the back! to motivate us and help us improve even more! A little appreciation every day for his positive actions will go a long way in the development of your child. Always acknowledge the child's efforts and reward him on his achievements or attempts in every area of life.
Don't make him obsessed to winning by appreciating his victories only because such children get stressed when they under perform. Reward the child at irregular intervals, so the absence of rewards doesn't discourage him.
Nowadays many platforms are coming forward to inspire children to be more creative and encourage the spirit of participation in them. In my personal experience I recently came across a platform named,"Plowns" especially designed for children and their creative work. It's like a digital library, which can store a user's project, art work or other performance through pictures and also offers a rewarding system in form of stars. Special Awards are also given away periodically.
The interface is simple and is open to teachers, parents and students. You can download the app from the play store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.plowns.droidapp
5. Shower him with your quality time and not materialistic gifts.
Fulfilling their every demand might make them adamant and non-resilient. In this age of ever increasing competition, we need to make our children how to hear a "NO" and also to cope up with failures.
We need to really talk to them and ask them about their school, bus and other things so that they find a home in you. If they know you are their safe place they will tackle every difficult situation, thrive and smile all their life and remember you as their idols.