Raising an Intelligent Successful Child

You want to see your kids have healthy and creative lives? You want to them to thrive in school and do well? Need I ask? Most parents have the future well being of their kids at heart all the time. But when it comes to the step stones towards that, opinions start to differ. Some parents are very focused on grades and verbal intelligence, on scoring high on IQ tests and the like. But psychologist are now voicing a different story about success for kids: IQ does not matter as much as you think. And when it does, it is an effect rather than a cause.

Forget about academic intelligence they say. It doesn’t predict success in exams or intelligence tests very well. What does? Self control. That is right: Self discipline outdoes IQ in predicting academic performance for adolescents. In a study done by Angela Duckworth and Martin Seligman (Known for his research into happiness) they found that self dicipline accounted for more than twice as much variance as IQ in the final grades of a group of kids. The same was true for measurements of high school selection, school attendance, hours spent doing homework, hours spent watching television, and the time of students began their homework.

So what you need to be focused on is not so much verbal intelligence, but the lifestyle that supports good or great self discipline.

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