Raising a genius
“I tell you, I really think my 12 month-old boy is a genius! Just today, I was playing some music on my iPad and he came near to increase the volume! He can actually adjust the volume!”
Sounds familiar? In this present world we live in, too many parents think we are raising an Einstein just because our kids can do things that we are incapable of when we were younger. As much as we wish for them to be born a genius, the fact is, most of them are just privileged.
These kids are just above average due to the exposure they got. Kids these days have better access to information. They have better education (am not talking about school) and almost everything is specialised for them.
While they can have better IQ, they dont necessarily have better EQ. Some kids are so lost when you take away their gadgets; they don’t know what to do with their hands. They start fidgeting and getting all restless. They don’t seem pretty much intelligent anymore without them (the gadgets).
While parents are busy educating their kids by providing them the latest gadget to keep up todate with the times , we forget one most important thing that a kid needs.
We forget that what a kid needs most is just BEING a kid!
We make them mature too soon and deprived them of a childhood that WE got in abundance.
We pay an arm and a leg to send them to some enclosed place called ‘gym for kids’ so that they can run in a padded area and should they fall *HORROR* there will be mattresses and MORE to cushion the impact. We willingly part with our hard earn money just so that our kids will feel no pain.
Reality is, the cruel world we live in is unlike that at all. In this world, when we fall, we’ll bleed. We don’t usually die from a knee scrape and the wound would heal faster than you can even learn to pronounce ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ but parents are just too afraid. We want to keep our children in a bubble, away from harm. We do not let them DO things for themselves.
“No! The knife is too sharp!”
“Don’t touch that! The water is too hot!”
You know something? The kids WON’T know how sharp the knife is because they won’t ever learn the real meaning of sharp. They won’t know what HOT means as parents will always blow (or even buy a small battery operated fan) to cool down the soup or anything before it even reaches the kid.
I’m not saying we need to be careless and expose our kids in harm’s way. I’m just saying don’t restrict their movements.
Kids need to explore to learn. Don’t stop them, guide them instead. Do not tell them what to do, let them do what they feel like doing. Let them use the scissors. Guide them how to use it.
They need to FEEL how grainy the sand is and by feeling is not buying them the ‘TOUCH and FEEL book’ but letting them PLAY in the sand pit!
They need to get stuck in muck to know how sticky a situation can be should they fall into a puddle. Stand back and watch how they get themselves out of the mess.
That is when they truly learn. These are life’s lessons that you can’t just simply download from any app.
These kids are the true geniuses that will be able to THINK and stand out.
Try raising a happy kid instead of turning them into robots. A happy kid showers you with hugs and kisses all over. A robotic child will only turn to you should his device needs charging.
The choice is yours…
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I am a mother to two boys; Ethan and Ayden and a wife to Darling William. I'm a stay at home mum who blogs to break the monotony of life and to avoid feeling jaded. Would love to get to know all the Super Mommies and Daddies and Babies or Singles out there with the hope that we can learn more from each other. Most of all, I am a happy person, and I hope YOU are too.
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