Health is wellness of the body, the mind, and the soul; their alignment with one another is the art of living well.
Wisdom is understanding of the self, others, and the nature of things; it is essential to living as if everything is a miracle.
Wise Parents Smart Kids
The learning system in the human brain is like a muscle in the human body: the more you use it, the stronger it gets, and the more efficient it becomes. That "learning muscle" incredibly activates the rest of the brain cells to seek and learn new things. It stimulates the curiosity, sustains the interest, and motivates the pursuit of an individual until something is done or accomplished.
The human brain is amazing in that it can become very creative with that learning system, as evidenced by some of these attributes in an adult: turning what is imaginary into a reality; getting satisfaction from what is achieved; and following through with more new ideas and goals.
Be wise as a parent, and activate the learning system in your child by increasing the dopamine synapses in the brain of your child in the early stage.
Here are some tips:
(1) At home, talk to your child about new and interesting things.
(2) During outing, talk to your child about what you see and what you do, as well as why you do them.
(3) Always tell your child about your hobbies and interests -- what you do and why you like to do them.
(4) A one-on-one interaction with your child is always the best. TV or computer games do little to stimulate the learning system of a child's brain. As a matter of fact, children in the United States (age 8 to 18) spend an average of 7.5 hours each day on TV or electronic gadgets, and that explains their poor academic performance.
(5) Always do "let's do or make --" with your child. These "let's" times are intensive together activities with your child.
(6) If you see your child in a state of explorative flow, that is, deeply engrossed in an activity or task, support your child by staying there.
Here are some of things you should avoid, if you are a wise parent:
(1) Don't criticize your child; you might block your child's learning drive.
(2) Never put your child in shame.
(3) Don't show your irritated reaction to what your child tries to do or accomplish.
(4) Don't say too many "no's" to your child.
The bottom line: spend as much time as possible with your child, if you want him or her to become super smart. The reward is beyond words. Develop the learning system in your child's brain as early as possible. Remember, no parent is perfect, but do your best, and be creative!
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