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How to Enhance Your Child's Intelligence


How to Enhance Your Child's Intelligence

Did you know that your child's brain continues to  experience drastic developments until the age of 26?

  Enhancing your child's intelligence quotient (IQ), a  score used to assess intelligence, can be done with everyday practice and games.  Not only can your child experience as much as 20% increase in IQ, he/she will  be better focused at daily tasks, chores and learning new skills.

  So how can you enhance your child's  intelligence?

 

 

       
    • Breathing techniques: Encourage  your child to breathe in through the nose and exhale from the mouth. Studies  show that some children deplete their brain of oxygen with improper breathing  technique. Consciously changing breathing techniques can help your child's  brain receive more oxygen and thus expand problem solving skills and memory.

 

       
    • Breakfast: Mothers  should never underestimate the importance of a timely breakfast. A child's  growing brain requires a mixture of protein and complex carbohydrates to  function optimally – especially in the morning. Ideal breakfast foods include  eggs, iron-fortified cereals, and vegetables or fruits.

 

       
    • Exercise: Enrolling  your child in a sports team from as early as 3 years of age helps him/her grow  better hand eye coordination skills and mental clarity. Athletic children have  been shown to have higher concentration and intelligence levels.

 

       
    • Reading: Reading  is one of the most critical activities that can boost your child's  intelligence. Start reading to your child from as early as 6 months. As your  child grows, you must continue to encourage reading and similar activities such  as storytelling and writing.

 

       
    • Avoid sugar: Too  much sugar in the diet can diminish your child's concentration levels. If you  want your child to focus on learning a certain skill, avoid giving your child  treats or candy as an incentive. Instead, make the incentive a walk outside or  a trip to the park with parents.

 

       
    • Limit television: Limiting  television watching to no more than 1 hour per day is ideal for brain  development. Instead of wasting time in front of TV, your child can focus on  acquiring new skills.

 

       
    • Play games: Playing  mind games such as chess, memory cards and puzzles can dramatically enhance  your child's cognitive and emotional development. Your child will also feel  more confident playing such games and will seek out similar activities in  adulthood.

 

       
    • Music: Music plays a huge role in brain development.  Exposing your child to different styles of music and rhythm helps boost  creativity. As most children love to dance to music, enhanced body coordination  is also a plus. Moreover, researchers have found that young children who take  music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the  course of a year compared to children who do not receive musical training.

 

       
    • Sleep: Sleep is a critical factor affecting brain  development, daily performance and behavior. Research shows that children who  do not have a good night sleep are 25% more likely to misbehave and more likely  to be aggressive, anxious and depressed. Such behaviors are detrimental to the  learning process and your child’s brain development. To enhance your child’s IQ  levels, you must make sure he/she sleeps 8-10 hours each night in a relaxed,  comfortable environment away from disturbances.

 

 

For more tips, check out our Baby  Development Section.

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