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Do You Want to Know How to Raise a Genius?


Well, read this paper that studied the super smart kids over the last 45 years and you just might be able to raise that genius.

Here are some points from a recent article in Nature.

  • Expose children to diverse experiences.
  • When a child exhibits strong interests or talents, provide opportunities to develop them.
  • Support both intellectual and emotional needs.
  • Help children to develop a ‘growth mindset’ by praising effort, not ability.
  • Encourage children to take intellectual risks and to be open to failures that help them learn.
  • Beware of labels: being identified as gifted can be an emotional burden.
  • Work with teachers to meet your child’s needs. Smart students often need more- challenging material, extra support or the freedom to learn at their own pace.
  • Have your child’s abilities tested. This can support a parent’s arguments for more advanced work, and can reveal issues such as dyslexia, attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, or social and emotional challenges.

But why not read this paper or at least give it to your gifted child to read. It is worth it.

— Prof. Ted Carrick


Clynes T. How to raise a genius: lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart children. Nature [serial online]. September 7, 2016;537(7619):152-155. Available from: MEDLINE Complete, Ipswich, MA.

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