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How and what determines whether your child will be a smart one?

Updated on September 29, 2010

When I was younger, I have a friend and she would complain about what people are saying about her, their saying she’s intelligent like her dad. Other times they would say, oh well she might be intelligent but her brother is smart. And then trying to look at the situation, her mother works at home (didn’t even finish high school), while her dad works outside the home (finished a college degree). But the thing is, her mother earns more than the father. So, my question is that, how would you differentiate a smart person from an intelligent one? Do smart people have more money? Who is more successful, the later or the former? Who will get higher paying job? Does intelligence or being smart hereditary? Can you raise a smart kid or they are born smart and you cant do anything about it? Or environment plays much more role in being smarter or intelligent? How do we measure intelligence? Do smart people become businessman or intelligent people becomes scientist? Which is which? How is a street smart differentiated from an intelligent person? What IQ got to do with it? Oh well, I hope I can have an answer to all of these questions that keeps bugging behavioral scientist for so long?

Now I am grownup and able to raise children, and I begin to wonder whether there is really some answer to some of the questions raised above?

This article discusses how to raise a smart child. I would like to share some insights about training children to be smart.

What is the shortest definition of smart?

smart (smärt) adj. smart·er, smart·est. Characterized by sharp quick thought; bright or being intelligent.

Definitions of smart on the Web:

showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness bright: characterized by quickness and ease in learning; "some children are brighter in one subject than another"; "smart children talk earlier than the average"

Social environment factors

Crucial of course is the family environment where the child grows, does the family reads a lot, do they encourage critical thinking, questioning, listening and expressing yourself. These are very crucial for the growing children.

Role modeling is also very important. If the children sees that the parent are reading, then they will also do the same.

Encourage active learning and the exchange of ideas.

In a place where I grew up, children are always taught that education is the best that they can have, it is because a college degree is a way to get a job, it is always following rules, passing the subject and making sure you graduate with a degree. In situation like this, education and learning is seen as a way for improvement in life, not as a way for learning and enhancing skills.

Nourishment factor

In a lot of studies conducted there have been sufficient evidence that nourishment for a pregnant mothers contribute to the mental development of babies in the womb. Eating protein rich foods is encourage for those who are pregnant. Many milk products are out in the market for pregnant mother which are rich in folic, calcium and proteins. For pregnant mothers, they are expected to listen to music too.


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      8 years ago from USA

      Thank you for this great hub, How I'd wish I read this when I was pregnant. heeheehee


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