I want a brilliant child!
And of course, you do too
And, the main reason for us all wanting this:
Guiding our children to brilliance gives us a sense of parent accomplishment. It’s us giving them the best possible head start for a fulfilled life.
Isn’t that exactly what you are striving towards as a parent? If not, please leave a comment and share your biggest priority as a parent.
To me, giving our kids the best we can is an integral part of being an awesome parent.
And, I hope you are now wondering, how do I do raise a brilliant child? Is it difficult? What do I need as a parent to raise brilliant kids? Imagine all these answers conveniently presented in an easy to use, actionable, concise post:
Well then read on, because that is exactly what you will find here today.
In a nutshell:
this post will help you discover easy yet powerful hacks to raise smart kids.
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Brilliant child definition
The dictionary defines brilliant as:
- “having or showing unusual and impressive intelligence”
- and being outstanding and exceptional
Sounds great! That is definitely what I want for my kids. You?
But we need to remember, being brilliant presents itself in different ways for each child.
And, irrespective of those presenting ways, we have to remember, all kids have the potential to be brilliant.
In other words, the level of brilliance and its scope will vary but children all have the ability. All you need to do is identify the exact vocation of that brilliant capability
A mouthful, I know:
but let’s delve into understanding that and discovering clever ways to help you help your child be brilliant.
Identify your child’s talents
The best way for kids to discover their skills is by being exposed to various opportunities.
This will help them find that amazing talent they can pursue in life. They need to identify their special ability and then learn how to be smart with it.
Some kids are brilliant musically, others in creative art. Some show excellent mathematical or intellectual minds, while others shine on sports grounds.
It’s not about the scope of the talent
Identifying and building on their specific skill is what matters most.
The talents they have and enjoy need to be developed fully with the appropriate support and stimulation for your brilliant child to thrive.
Let’s now look at ways to do exactly that.
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Understand brain development
When we understand how a child’s brain develops and grows we can use this knowledge to find easier ways to teach our kids how to be smart.
So, in order to boost brilliance, we first need to understand the mechanisms behind brain development.
How do you do this?
The best advice is to invest:
- firstly in your own knowledge and understanding and
- then in developing your child’s brain with smart hacks
To make this easy for you
here are some of my best recommendations for understanding brain development. Choose the one that is appropriate for your child’s age, read it, understand it and then follow the brilliant child hacks below.
And my two favorite, favorite brilliant child resources …
When you want to be really empowered with:
- worksheets and
THIS is a must-have!
To discover your child’s learning styles and
- improve their overall learning capacity
- learning skills and
Although it will really help you to work through resources like the ones above, I will give you the gist of brain development to help you along.
Brain development summary
When kids are young, they are exposed to social, environmental and emotional experiences. These experiences influence your child’s cognitive and brain development.
When early years are spent in a nurturing environment with daily exposure to loving care, brain stimulation and support, a solid foundation is laid. This foundation is important to form a basis for future brain and skills development.
Kids starting life without a stable foundation, often have more difficulty growing and learning at the same pace as others’ who did start off strong.
So be sure to provide your kids with a solid learning framework when they are young. You will find it a lot easier building on this when they are older, as opposed to trying to create a base when they are already at their school going age.
However, even when the younger years were not used optimally to lay a strong foundation, this can still be overcome with some extra effort and training. Just, realize the problem and then invest in finding compelling ways to correct it.
Now, that we have reflected on the importance of
- providing a nurturing environment for kids to thrive
- starting to help kids learn as early as possible
- then develop their solid foundation to
- discover their unique talents and
- help them be brilliant
it is time to discuss the important hacks to help you raise a smart child
This collective list will provide you with a sensible strategy to stimulate multifaceted brain development
You can use it as the starting point to:
This is the magic of teaching them how to be smart! Do not underestimate the power of these simple actions …
First, give it a try, as you will be pleasantly surprised at the huge impact it can have when done correctly and repeatedly.
8 Powerful Actions to Raise a Brilliant Child
The combination of these 8 clever activities will reveal to you, the secret to raising a brilliant child who knows how to be smart.
When you expose them repeatedly to these brain development activities, you will be able to watch them grow and become bright and vivacious children.
The joint effect of these activities will
- armor them with essential life skills
- stimulate their brain development
- intellect and
- mental well-being
Now tell me as a parent, that is not exactly what you want for your child …
1. Do arts and crafts
Creativity, as well as fine motor skills, are enhanced by doing different creative projects.
And it is not about giving your child some craft supplies and then leaving them to have fun … Even though this is also good practice from time to time to stimulate their independent working abilities, the benefits of doing a creative project together are boosted:
- when you join your child and
- guide their paint techniques, color mixing, sculpting and scissor use.
Remember, when you join them though, creativity needs a free spirit which should never be discouraged. Joining them does not mean leading them.
Allow your child the autonomy to express their own thoughts and feelings. Don’t do crafts with a first prize result in mind and refrain from subduing their creative minds by enforcing reality.
As an example:
when their minds need to create a picture of you with purple hair or one of themselves with a green hand …
So be it!
Allow them to explore, This is the way they learn to think for themselves and be smarter for it …
Always allow them to
- express themselves,
- enjoy the project and
- discover the power of their own imagination
whilst you are near to teach them new skills, guide them with different techniques and simply be present to offer support.
Great activities in this category include
Three of my absolute favorites:
- Learning Style activities
- it is all about learning whilst having fun
- Freestyle crafts
- provide kids with crafts supplies and let them decide what to create
- whilst you are there joining in the fun
- Easy sewing projects
More great activities and tools:
- Paper crafts
- make gift cards together
- Play with Clay
- Painting activities
- Cutting and pasting exercises
Remember to grab your free copy of the Learning Styles guide
- with worksheets and activities
- to help you discover your child’s learning styles
2. Share a book
Reading with you brilliant child has immense benefits
- it expands your child’s vocabulary
- stimulates resourcefulness
- teaches him or her to listen and
- boosts intelligence
Reading also nurtures their imagination and allows them to revel in a new world that unfolds with each book. And when you enjoy finding the benefits of reading, you can read more here.
Want to achieve these learning benefits?
simply invest your time and do the activities below
- Read a book together
- not only at bedtime but also
- during the day and
- especially on weekends to get the most benefit
- Give them an opportunity to tell a story
- and try using story cards or games
- to stimulate their imagination
- Page through a book without reading it
- and let them tell you the story based on the pictures they see.
- this is a great way to spark their imagination and
- get a glimpse into their beautiful minds
3. Be Smart with Music
Music has so much brain development potential. It unites the body and mind and stimulates intellectual and emotional growth. Music also has the ability to enhance memory skills. A must-have to thrive during school learning years.
How brilliant is that?
In other words:
music is a means of therapy to heal the mind and soul and knowing this, why do we not use it more to help our kids grow?
Not convinced of the exceptional benefits of learning with music?
A neuroscience journal published a great article proving:
- significant developmental differences between
- children playing an instrument and
- those who don’t
Mastering a musical instrument resulted in fast-tracked brain growth:
- in areas of language
- reading and
- sound processing
Did you know, music can have such a huge impact on your child’s brain development. And now, don’t just know this fact, also gift your brilliant child this impressive load of benefits by simply:
exposing them to music.
Here are some great examples of how to achieve this:
- Enjoy music together
- having a funky portable CD player makes this activity even more fun!
- Expose your brilliant child to music lessons,using
- Use music therapy techniques
- like these ones
- Listen to music together
- try different genres
- Teach them rhythm and
- let them dance
- Do music activities
- try these kinds of games for example
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and have some fun together
4. Get up and move
Just as a reminder, here are some of the important ones:
- strengthening the heart
- improving lung capacity and
- supporting the immune system to better fight off infection
Of course, these benefits extend to both you and your children, so be sure to join in the fun and get moving with them.
Let’s look at fun exercise examples:
- Stretch the muscles by imitating animals.
- Be as tall as a giraffe
- small as a mouse
- mimic a hippo or
- a crocodile or
- roar like a lion
- These are actions kids adore!
- find more animal parade ideas
- Have fun outside
- Enjoy sport and
- be part of a team.
- Shake your sillies out
- just get up and move
- few things will lighten the mood as much as this fun activity
- look at these fun dance activities for more inspiration
5. Relax and breath
This time-out period will benefit the entire family being less rushed, more relaxed and patient.
Excellent options for this activity
- Do yoga with your brilliant child of any age
- Teach them breathing techniques
- to assist in de-stressing and
- coping better in demanding situations
- these techniques are very useful at bedtime to get those little minds to shut down more easily
- Smell a flower.
- an interesting article was published on the relaxation abilities of sensory stimulants such as rose oil,
- give it a try
6. Get lots of fresh air
- improving their health
- boosting energy levels
- establishing good sleeping patterns and
- improving immune systems
How many more reasons do we need?
Have them spend time outside, daily if possible, and they will learn to:
- embrace the beauty of nature
- appreciate the wonders of fauna and flora and
- experience all those health benefits above
Outside activities can include
- Play in the garden or on monkey bars
- Plant and care for flowers
- Visit a play park
- Ride bicycle outside
- Play ball, run, kick and jump
- Take pictures outside with an awesome kidizoom camera – my daughter does love hers!
- Do homework or a craft project outside
- Go for a walk in the park or forest and do an activity
- Gather stones, leaves, and flowers and do a decoupage activity
7. Play freely
Playing freely stimulates creativity, imagination and healthy brain development. It is thus vital to allow children the opportunity to play alone to teach them independence and the value of quiet time.
Depending on their age you can get your children started in an activity and then walk away as they get engrossed.
The best part of this action is giving you some much needed time to get things done!
Remember to resist the urge to coach them on how to play and allow them to learn from their own mistakes.
Playing freely is about allowing them to play alone or with a sibling, enjoying an activity they love.
Our favorite alone time activity:
and, not just any pictures, the ones we created ourselves!
More free play activities
- Enjoy drawing and coloring
- Any favorite brilliant child playtime activity
- Build a puzzle
- Read a book
- Play with building blocks
- Play with their favorite toys
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and let me know if your kids enjoy free play activities?
8. Share the love with your brilliant child
This is one of the most important actions. Sharing the love is all about sitting down, picking your kids up on your lap, regardless of age and tell them how much you love them.
Want to know why exactly:
with this simple action, you will create a moment for your child to feel
- cherished and
And, they need that to thrive!
Strong family bonds are built by sharing family traditions like these.
They will quickly learn they can curl up on your lap for a couple of minutes whenever they need to be comforted or feel safe.
And, that’s exactly what we want, right?
This simple action:
- will create a situation where the kids know they can easily reach out and
- share their feelings with you
More family tradition activities to try
- Have fun together sharing a family movie night
- with yummy popcorn mix or
- enjoying some of the 101 fun family happiness and kindness hacks
- How to transform Easter into a family tradition
The top 8 powerful actions to help you raise brilliant kids include
- Do arts and crafts
- Share a book
- Be smart with music
- Get up and move
- Relax and breath
- Get lots of fresh air
- Share the love
Your next steps
1. Implement the above strategies:
as the first step on your path of stimulating brilliance.
Love your kids unreservedly and thereby allow them to blossom and be proud of who they are.
2. Use free tools and resources to guide you:
- the Awesome Parent Challenge
- learning style activities with a free learning guide
- parent-child communication tools
- smart kid hacks
3. Invest in effective parenting tools and resources:
- The whole brainchild workbook
- Brain rules for baby
- Flourishing in the first five years
- The teenage brain
4. And the last but most important step:
Love your child!
And, let them be – kids. Kids who know how to have fun, laugh and feel happy.
Make amazing memories together and allow yourself to sometimes just be a happy parent, no worries, or obligations, or rules …
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