Geniuses Are Born and Can Be Made!

Baby and child geniuses make up about 5 percent of the population in the United States.  If you are wondering how to become a genius, or are you or your little one already a genius, read on.

That means that nearly 3 million people in the United States are gifted.  It is believed that every healthy baby can become a genius.  All he or she needs to do is use their brain to its fullest capacity.  To do that, everything must be in order - their genetics and their environment.

Therefore, becoming a genius starts before conception.  The best predictor of having smart children, research claims, is having smart parents.  The parent's health is also important as being on drugs or alcohol, can affect the newborn.  There are hundreds of eggs and millions of sperm to choose from.  Hopefully, the best of the best will result in a child.

At least one study claims that mothers should eat oily fish during their pregnancy to increase the intelligence of their babies.  Others suggest pre-natal stimulation such as talking to the fetus or playing classical music.  Products, such as BebeSounds and BayPlus, are available to play music. 

How Can You Tell If Your Baby (or Child) Is a Genius?

There are more ways than listed here, but this list should provide some insight.

  • Mature for his or her age.  Speaks earlier than most.
  • Large vocabulary and reads earlier than most.
  • Prefers older playmates.
  • Enjoys puzzles, numbers and mazes.
  • Reads earlier than most and gets bored easily.
  • Learns quickly and remembers things.
  • Skips ABCs and goes to full sentences.
  • Musical ability - plays Chopin rather than "chopsticks".
  • Awareness of World Events.
  • Developed sense of humor.
  • Learns new subjects easily and stays focused.

What is IQ?

Intelligence quotient is a score derived from standardized tests.  A score of 85 to 115 includes 68 percent of the population.  70 to 85 and 115 to 130 will include another 28 percent.  Only4.2 percent are not represented in that 70 to 130 range.

Here are the highest IQ's in recent history.

Stephen Hawking -  an English theoretical physicist (160); born in 1942.

Albert Einstein - IQ range is 160 to 190; born in Germany in 1879.

Judit Polgar - greatest female chess player; first woman to beat Garry Kasparov; rank of grandmaster at age 15; (170).

Stephen Hawking 

Leonardo da Vinci - most likely in the range of 180 to 190; born in 1452. 

Marilyn Vos Savant - writes a column called "Ask Marilyn"; (190).

Garry Kasparov - Russian chess grandmaster; (194); born in 1963.

Kim Ung-Yong - able to read English, German, Korean and Japanese by his 3rd birthday; (210); born in 1963.

Christopher Hirata - enrolled in the California Institute of Technology at age 14; received a PhD from Princeton at age 22; teaches astrophysics; (225); born in 1983. 

Terence Tao - well-known child prodigy; Australian mathematician; teaches at UCLA; (225 - 230); born in 1975.

William James Sidis - entered Harvard at age 11 to study mathematics; conversant in over 40 languages and dialects; (250 - 300); born in 1898.

William James Sidis

Not all of these high IQ individuals lead normal lives.  You can check their histories on the internet.  By the way, IQ's at age 3 are remarkably similar to those tested at age 21. 

Can You Create a Baby or Child Genius?

There is no question about what a parent can do to increase their child's IQ.  It is to spend time with them.  Talk to them.  Sing songs to them.  Read stories to them.  That will stimulate their minds and contribute to their emotional growth and learning. 

Even stimulating your infant with an "oooo" to get them to smile is part of the learning process.  Follow that with other sounds such as "mmmm" or "boom" in order to get a response.  Books about baby stimulation call it "floor time".

Is it wise to try to get your toddler to read at age four?  According to those who teach child development, the answer is no.  Obviously, you could present the opportunity and not discourage it, but don't promote it until the child is ready.

We all need to remember that we are products of our genetics as well as our environment.  Since we cannot change our child's genetics, we need to concentrate on how we can influence their surroundings.

For example, we can try to determine how a child learns.  Is he or she a "visual learner", that is, the child learns best by seeing things.  Or is your child an "auditory learner", learning best by the spoken word.  Some children have a  "kinesthetic learning" style and require some type of movement to learn.

Final Thoughts on Baby and Child Geniuses!

It is estimated that a baby's brain undergoes 75 percent of its development by age 2.  That is when it is the most malleable.

Pets can cause stimulation to the brain of a baby or young child.

The parent's role is to provide guidance and opportunities for their children.

Researchers agree that a protein and fiber-rich breakfast will provide sustained brain power, whereas, highly sweetened breakfast cereals provide a short-lived sugar high and an inevitable crash.

I used time while driving to do two things that benefitted my children.  The first was telling stories about my childhood.  Recently, my adult daughter recalled those were very interesting and that she enjoyed them.  The other was to mention things that we could all see along the way. The result was an increase their vocabulary and the opportunity to learn about electricity (power wires), trucks, farming, etc.

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