How To Develop Your Child’s Intelligence?
Parent as Teacher
A child’s mind is like a blank slate; it starts absorbing information from the moment it is born, and from parents, and surroundings it learns. Parents’ role, especially the mother is very significant as she remains with their child for most of the time. It is important to encourage a child’s imagination and teach helpfulness and self-control, among other things to develop a child’s intelligence.
The problem with most parents is, that they seek perfection and as a result, things go in the wrong way. Another problem is when an infant is growing into a child, parents encourage with “walk, you can”, “you can do it” and so on. But as soon the child starts to learn to walk and do things, the “yes you can” suddenly changes into “don’t do it” and so on. This sudden shift from positive conditioning to negative greatly affects a child’s intellectual development.
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Important points to remember to develop your child’s intelligence
Set Appropriate Goals
Never pursue perfection as this will lead to frustration and you will end up with an unhappy, demoralized child who simply cannot thrive and develop well. Never expect too much too soon, but be aware of the small successes that your child achieves every day.
One of the jobs of being a teacher to your child is that you actually have to do things. Your child learns through examples and imitations until he or she is over eight years old, so get up and do something in front of her or with her.
Repeat the same thing
With all children, especially young children, it is frustrating but necessary to tell them over and over again to do the same thing. For example, a young child will not sit calmly while she is eating lunch or waiting for something. So you may have to repeat certain messages like “we don’t swing our legs and kick the chair while we are eating” for months until your child’s body gets the message as well as her mind.
A lot of children have difficulty with concentration span, and it is hard to foster because a small child simply cannot concentrate as well as an adult. One of the major things you can do to help your child sustain attention is not to interrupt when she is clearly absorbed in something.
A child only feels that she is being listened to if you make eye contact and stop what you are doing in order to listen. If you do this from a very early age, your child will know that she has a voice and that you respect her as an individual.
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Different Ideas of Play for your Child
Sometimes your child will be absorbed in a make-believe world of her own and won’t need your involvement. At other times you can add to her enjoyment by suggesting new games, or new ways to play with his or her toys.
Make-believe play. Your child will create a little world of her own as part of her imitation of adults. An instant tent or playhouse can be made from a couple of chairs or a small table draped with a blanket. Children love playing with cardboard boxes as long as they are big enough to climb into. Small ones become boats and cars; piles of them turn into castles and houses. Dressing up is a favourite game at this age: a few simple props can transform your child into a doctor or firefighter and, in her fantasy world, she is the adult, and a teddy bear or doll serves as a child.
Messy play. Any play involving water, sand, mud, or dough will stretch your child’s intellect. To make your supervision easier, set aside a time when messy play is allowed and a place where the mess can be contained, and encourage your child to look forward to it.
Domestic play. Helping you around the house is play rather than work because she’s so keen to copy you. She helps in the kitchen by tearing salad leaves or arranging bread on a plate and will enjoy laying the table, so improving manipulative and counting skills as well as independence and self-worth.
Musical play. All children are born with perfect pitch so any child with normal hearing adores musical sounds. She probably won’t be able to play melodies, but she may be able to hum them and will enjoy banging out a rhythm. Rattles, wooden clappers, trumpets and drums are all very good for this purpose, as are old pans or baking tins and wooden spoons. A xylophone will enable her to identify musical sounds and experiment with high and low notes.
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