5 signs of a smart kid

By Hannah   — November 12, 2016
  • They've got a strong interest in Science or Literature
    1 / 5 They've got a strong interest in Science or Literature

    Kids who are highly interested in reading tend to be more curious about concepts and often ask plenty of curious to satiate their thirst for knowledge.

    Read to your kids from a young age and help them develop a love of reading. Create an environment at home where they feel comfortable asking questions and remind them that there is no such thing as a stupid question. This way, they’re comfortable enough to want to learn.

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  • Exceptional memory
    2 / 5 Exceptional memory

    According to researchers, kids who are able to remember small details relatively well are natural intelligent. However, they could also be good liars.

    Based on an experiment done on spatial memory, kids who are able to lie better tend to be intelligent too because it takes a proper mental effort to keep in mind information they know and plan their answers in a way that ensures they don’t get caught.

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  • They understand abstract concepts
    3 / 5 They understand abstract concepts

    Kids who are quickly able to understand abtract concepts that include understanding concepts like emotions and morality are better learners.

    To help your child think abstractly, once you’ve done reading a book or watching a movie, discuss certain emotional scenes and get them to understand why certain things happened in the show. For example, while watching The Lion King, as your child what they understood from the show and discuss how the show made them feel. This way, you’ll develop their understanding of abstract concepts.

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  • They have better self discipline
    4 / 5 They have better self discipline

    Based on research done at the University of Pennsylvania, students who have higher self-discipline were better able to control their impulses and made more calculated decisions.

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  • They surround themselves with intelligent children
    5 / 5 They surround themselves with intelligent children

    When your kids surround themselves in good company, they tend to develop better habits. According to Dr Dale Hay of Cardiff University, having a positive peer group can help to improve and develop your child’s cognitive and behavioural skills. However, don’t force them into friendship circles that they’re uncomfortable with.

    Instead, allow your child to find someone they can connect with through different playgroups or activity classes. This way, they’re able to connect through shared experiences.

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    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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