1. Let Them Sleep
Studies have shown that students achieving higher grades tended to get more sleep than those performing at a lower academic level. In fact, studies showed that as little as 15 minutes extra can make a difference! (Read more in NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children.)
2. Play an Instrument
Not all kids are naturally musical, so it goes without saying that they won’t all be violinist prodigies. If your child is musically inclined, encourage them to commit to an instrument and put the necessary time and effort in. Scientific tests have shown significant increases in brain activity while playing instruments, as well as increase in the volume of the gray matter. Basically, more activity over a larger area. This can affect and improve a variety of other activities, from language ability to mathematics (visit the Parenting Science website to read more).
3. Read With Your Child
Reading a book to your child is a lot more beneficial when the child is encouraged to actively participate. In other words, try not to simply read to them, but ask them to read certain words or sentences (appropriate to their age and development, of course). Reading with your child in this way will encourage high literacy ability from a young age. To read more on this, click here.
4. Discipline > IQ
For some time now, it has been common knowledge that IQ isn’t everything. In fact, what has proven to be more valuable is self-discipline and willpower. Discipline proved to be a much stronger indicator or predictor of academic success than traditional IQ test results. Instill habits of conscientiousness in your kids when it comes to studying and homework from a young age to give them the best possible chance at future success.
5. Old-School Games
There are a variety of simple games that stimulate your child’s brain activity. Don’t discard those old-school games like Uno, Dominoes and Bingo: they help your kid recognise patterns, improve their memory, improve their ability to focus. These skills impact the development of strategic thinking, logic and reasoning in later life, which positively impact pretty much every possible subject your child will encounter.
One last thing – overall, happier kids perform better at school. And what makes a kid really happy? Happy parents! Parents, remember to take care of yourself – it’s the best thing you can do for your family.
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