Raising Your Children to Be Geniuses: Unresearched Methods for Preparing Your Children to Do Well In School

I am sharing my methods for raising my children to be intellectuals.  I plan to write a book about raising genius children one day, to cover it all, but today I’m going to summarize how to raise a genius in one-thousand words or less.  One-thousand words may be all it takes to finish the book because there isn’t much to raising genius children beyond exposing your child{ren}’s mind to many different experiences while it is in the development stage.   In a previous post, I talked about Mrs. Green, how both of her children have IQs above 120.  Imagine the odds?  However, I didn’t tell you that I used her techniques to raise my own children and expanded on them.   Do I have genius children?  I have two children.  My oldest is off to college next year.  Every college (seven and counting) that he applied to so far has accepted him, some with academic-full-ride offers.  We are still waiting to hear from Harvard.  What I can say about Harvard is that he met every average acceptance-score from the SAT score to the average GPA. My daughter is a straight-A student.

I learned something raising my son to be an intellectual that I tried to tweak while raising my daughter to be a genius.  You know the saying, so smart that there is no room for common sense.  It happened to Mrs. Green’s son.  He was so smart that he was extremely eccentric.  My son makes a one-hundred on a math test but couldn’t unlock the front door to the house when he was in the eighth grade.  I literally, lol, stood at the front door with him and we discussed how to use the key to unlock the door.  Luckily, we had a garage door opener and could leave the door unlocked for him.  His issue was not that he couldn’t put the key in the door and turn the knob, but that he over analyzed the situation.  He felt that the pressure was too much and might break the key in the doorknob. So he didn’t want to turn the key to hard.  But his report card came in with all A’s, lol.  My son as a toddler, was always moody, would have fierce outbreaks.   He was not violent, but you could tell he was frustrated.  I believe it was because of my efforts to raise him to be an intellectual.  My daughter, who I raised differently, is very intelligence and she has common sense.  Please remember, as I said earlier, what I’m telling you isn’t research-based.  Actually, a lot of it is.

The reason I think my son lacks the common sense that my daughter has is because I stressed him at an early age, with my attempts to develop his mind.  I didn’t think I was overloading him.  Whenever he showed signs of fatigue, I stopped doing what we were doing -what we were doing will come later.  With my daughter, I stopped before she showed signs of fatigue.  If she didn’t get something, I stopped before it was obvious that she had had enough.  With my son, I may have waited for the break-through moment before stopping.  If I got the frown-face from my son before the break-through moment, I stopped.  The difference again is that instead of waiting for signs of “I’m done daddy” I stopped before they were visible. This one fact may be the difference between my son’s over analyzing and my daughter’s “can’t you see this is how it is done”.  The perinatal period, therefore represents a critical stage of development, rendering the brain particularly vulnerable to organizing (and disorganizing) environmental influences. Indeed, when stress is experienced during this critical early-life period, its impact on brain function can be long-lasting or even permanent, compared with the typically transient effects of stress on the adult brain (Everson-Rose, 2003; Wilson, 2005; van Os, 2010; Provençal and Binder, 2015; Chen & Baram, 2016).  Yeah, what she said.

So, what did I do with my children?  I am going to give you a bulleted list of the things I remember doing with my children.  The list is an incomplete list.  Not because I don’t want to share, but because I just don’t remember everything.  There were so many things done. 

Raising a Genius Child

Pre-Birth

  • Play music for and read to your child while your child is in the womb.  I did this every night.
  • Be sure that the pregnancy is as close to being a healthy one as God and medicine will allow.
  • Tell your children that they make you happy and that you love them.

Infant

  • Read to your baby every night.
  • Count to your baby, showing them items as you count, every night.  Touch their figures, etc.
  • Let your baby touch stuff like ice, fur, water, tree leaves, grass, warm things that will not burn them.  Call out the differences/textures like hot, cold, and wet. 
  • Show your “baby” flashcards of animals, calling out the names.
  • Teach your baby motor skills, like how to rolling over, crawl (when strong enough), and how to touch their fingers.  If you do teach your baby to roll over, watch them on the bed for safety reasons. 
  • Teach your baby the colors.  My children knew their colors in less than three months (trying to recall).  My sister was mad at me.  She thought they were too young.  Both my daughter and son would point to the color peg I called out.  I only taught four colors: red, blue, green, and yellow. 
  • I tried not to hold my children but let them sit next to me.  Of course, I hugged, kissed them, and couldn’t get enough of them, but I was careful to make sure that they were independent children and that they were not being spoiled to death.
  • Weekly age appropriate home-school classes held for math and reading
  • Purchased educational/stimulating toys
  • Regrettably, I did not let other people spoil my children.  My mother passed early in life.  One of my regrets is that I did not let her spoil her grandchildren silly.  I was dogmatic about people not spoiling my children.
  • Tell your children that they make you happy and that you love them.

Toddler

  • More independent practices.  My children walked when I walked mostly.  Again, my children were spoiled, but not excessively. 
  • If my children cried, I checked them out for issues, then after that ignored them unless they talked to me.
  • I rewarded their genius behavior such as all A’s and higher-order thinking skills.
  • I taught my children to ask “what’s that” as soon as they started talking.
  • Hired a reading coach when my children were four.  By the time both my children went to school, they were reading well.
  • I bought a kindergarten curriculum and worked with my students at home, a year before they enrolled in school.
  • My children handled their own disputes among themselves. I would tell them to figure out their own problems. Even during the toddler stage in life.
  • Weekly age appropriate home-school classes held for math and reading
  • Purchased educational/stimulating toys
  • Give your children appropriate adult responsibilities. My son presented a full-scale moon project at the age of three. It was a family affair. He had an audience of twenty or more people.
  • My children started piano lessons at the end of the toddler stage
  • Tell your children that they make you happy and that you love them.

After the start of school. 

You can ask anyone what to do after children start attending school.  I did a lot with my children.  I will save that conversation for another post.  I can literally write hundreds of pages.   If you are interested in knowing why I did some of the things that I did with my children and want to come up with other things to do based on your reading and research, I am providing the titles of a few books that may help.  Each thing that I did with my children was based on the research at the time.  My brother’s wife gave birth to my nephew five years ago.  I gave him all my baby books.  If I can find the actual books I used, I’ll provide the titles.  Below are a few books to read until I can update the list/post.  I have not read the books, but looked through the sample pages to get an idea about the books’ content.

Instead of writing out what is already posted online, I am providing links to websites that are saying what I think you should know about.  The same theories are still floating around that were around or just coming out eighteen years ago when I was raising my children. 

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Four Cognitive Stages of Child Development

Early Reading Proficiency

Babies Exposed to Stimulation Get Brain Boost

Unconditional Love

Update: One of the books I used.

References

Chen, Y., & Baram, T. (2016). Toward Understanding How Early-Life Stress Reprograms Cognitive and Emotional Brain Networks. Neuropsychopharmacology; New York, 197-206.

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