July 25, 2016
There’s no one way to raise a kid right. But there are a few things that many of the most successful parents do. Here are some habits that the best parents develop.
- TALK to your kids. Average conversation length strongly correlates with children’s IQs and reading ability. 88-98% of words children use by age 3 are from their parent’s vocabularies. The more you talk to your children, the higher their functional vocabulary.
- READ to your kids. Studies show that children whose parents read to them for at least 20 minutes a day are as much as a grade level ahead of other kids by age 15.
- Let your kids PLAY. In Finland, one of the top ranked education systems in the world, kids take 15 minute unstructured breaks after 45 minutes of instruction. Play fosters executive function skills. Executive function is enhanced working memory, reasoning, task flexibility, problem solving, and the ability to self-regulate.
- Limit your kids TV TIME. TV overloads the visual part of the brain destroying creativity. More than one hour of TV a day = trouble concentrating and succeeding in school.
- Foster the little ARTIST. You’ve probably seen it – when asked who is an artist . . . kindergarden: all kids raise their hands “me,me,me”; 3rd Grade: everyone raises a timid hand; 6th Grade: 3 0r 4 kids in a class raise their hands, unsure. Creativity is as much the confidence to create as the skill to be a creator.
- SNUGGLE UP to your kids. Touching, rocking, talking, smiling, and singing are nourishment for young children, laying the foundation for a healthy and well-developed brain.