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How to Raise an Intelligent Child

With the world turning out the way it is today, it helps to make sure that our future generations have the intelligence to deal with society and ...

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With the world turning out the way it is today, it helps to make sure that our future generations have the intelligence to deal with society and daily problems. Not only that, but you don't want your child to grow up being ignorant to the world, do you? Here's an article on how to raise an intelligent child.

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    Read to and with your child. Reading helps develop important communication skills, vocabulary, and grammar. Try reading with your child everyday at least once. It's best to start doing this when they are babies. Make reading fun for your child, use different voices and sounds to keep their attention. Encourage your child to love reading on their own, many teens and adults have trouble with spelling, grammar, and punctuation simply because they don't like to read; so teach your kids to love it! Encourage your child to read a little bit each day, and to discuss what they have read with you. Schedule time for regular trips to the library.
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    Limit your child from watching television. Your child should not watch television if he or she is under the age of two, this stunts mental development. If your child is older than two, limit the amount of television they watch to one hour, or two at the most. Make sure that your child watches shows appropriate for them. Have them watch shows that stimulate their brain, such as 'Discovery Kids' or 'Blue's Clues', being careful to avoid anything such as Chris Matthews on MSNBC. Treat television as a privilege; keep control over the television. Make your child's television experience more active rather than passive; have them sing along with the characters or talk to them about what they see or hear. In the meantime, you should also encourage your child to do other things besides watching television, like reading, playing games, playing with their friends, or drawing.
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    Make the dictionary important in your home. When you show curiosity about language, your child may follow suit. Keep a thesaursus on hand as well.
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    Monitor internet usage to be sure that your child knows how to use it for school projects, etc. The internet is full of fun and informative sites which are good for the brain. Find a few and send your child some links to intelligent stuff.
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    Encourage your child to sit up front in the classroom and to ask questions when they don't understand.
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