Can your child become a genius?
Brain studies in recent years have confirmed an amazing fact: a person can develop his potential throughout his life. In other words, abilities are not given to a person from birth. Not everything depends on genes: education plays an important role in the development of abilities.
Plasticity of the brain, or neuroplasticity, is the ability of the brain to change its structure and functions in accordance with changes in the body and the environment.
In the book The Brain Healing Yourself, the famous American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Dodge talks about research in the field of neuroplasticity, citing the stories of people who have been able to change their lives. The book describes the real stories of people who have had a stroke and have learned to speak and move again. This book completely changes our views on the brain, its structure and potential.
Brain healing itself
The genetic predisposition we inherit from our parents limits us at birth. However, the ability of our brain to develop is unlimited. Its cells are constantly updated and in order to develop it, we must stimulate it.
Neuroplasticity makes it possible for a person to realize his potential at birth. Geniuses are none other than people who have realized their potential. Mozart, Einstein and da Vinci had an innate potential and the conditions for its realization. All geniuses have the same beginning of life: they had parents who contributed to the development of their talents, as well as the right conditions that helped these people become what they became.
How to develop a child’s talents
All children are born with three innate abilities that enable them to become a genius: the ability to think, study and develop their individual way of thinking and learning.
Consider some tips on how to help your child develop his innate potential.
1. Do not waste your baby’s time. The main factors that steal a child’s time are meaningless television programs, video games and the Internet. Do not give your child unlimited access to the TV, but do not forbid him to watch. Choose programs for your child based on their educational value. Follow the same principle when choosing Internet content for your child. The Internet itself is neither good nor bad.
2. Boredom is a warning signal. If a child says that he is bored at school or at home, this is a sign that his creative and mental abilities are not fully utilized. Find out what causes the child to be bored. Talk with the teacher and ask if you can give your child more challenging tasks. Give your child the opportunity to show his creativity at home.
3. Encourage your child to ask questions. Children are born naturally curious. They constantly ask questions. If parents and teachers enable the child to develop his curiosity and ability to think, he will be able to learn better and faster. Never kill curiosity in a child.
4. Let the children explore the world. Give them enough freedom. Children who are too patronized by their parents lack brain stimulation. Thus, the child does not have the opportunity to develop.
5. Show your child different ways to solve problems. Life difficulties arise constantly. Start with the problems that the child faces in life: how to ride a bicycle safely, how to protect yourself from school bullies, etc. Encourage the child to find a solution to problems on his own, but offer your help if necessary.
6. Teach the child to establish the relationship between objects. Riddles and logic games help the child to understand the relationship between things. Play such games with your child, ask him riddles, as these activities develop his ability for lateral thinking. It also helps to develop non-standard thinking of a child such an activity as folding puzzles.
7. Exercise enhances brain plasticity. A study by Italian neuroscientists showed that exercise enhances brain neuroplasticity. Physical activity is not only useful for overweight adults. Children who move a little and sit a lot in front of television and computer screens are unlikely to be able to develop their cognitive and social skills by 100%.
8. Teach your child to read. Almost all parents know that reading is useful, but few take concrete steps to teach a child to do this. It is important that parents read to the child before he learns. Surround your child with many interesting books. Allow family time to read daily. There are many good books for children, so give your child the opportunity to read them.
9. Keep track of your child’s school performance. Studies confirm that children’s performance at school is largely dependent on parents’ expectations. Let your child always know that you expect high marks from him.
10. Take care of the emotional safety of the child. Surround him with your love and care.