According to MSNBC, the investment of time, energy and money you put in to childrearing just might pay off with a well-adjusted, loving and brainy kid - maybe even a genius. Experts used to think that intelligence was determined entirely by genetics, but they don’t believe that anymore. It turns out that the environment a child’s raised in and who they’re raised by play a huge role in how smart and socially adept they’ll be.
In fact, Dr. David Perlmutter, author of the book Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten, says that a child can gain up to 30 IQ points from birth until age 3. And it’s up to parents to make sure they get those points by doing simple things - like breastfeeding for a year, keeping kids away from the TV until age 2, and giving them music lessons. Also, experts agree that the most important element in raising a little Einstein is proper nutrition. And since that starts in-utero, pregnant women should be extra careful about eating healthfully. After that, breastfeeding is important to give essential nutrients to the baby, although some are available in commercial formulas.
And a lot of experts say that something called “emotional intelligence” - which is how a person reacts in social settings - is also important in boosting IQ. Normal everyday activities - like building a fort with other kids or going to the supermarket - help kids learn, because they’re social and meaningful. But don’t try to plan ALL their activities. If you do, they’ll never learn to fill their own time - a quality a future leader needs. If you’d like to learn more, check out the book Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten by Dr. David Perlmutter.