Factors of Intelligence
May 2, 2007 5:59am CST
We have this very interesting TV Milk commercial here in my country and it indicated the 3 factors of a Child's Intelligence they are: 1. Genes 2. parental support/encouragement 3. proper nutrition - where the Mild comes in. I posted a discussion months ago speculating about the reason why children nowadays are more intelligent and I said something along the line that it's because the milk today are more fortified with the necessary minerals and nutrients. I was partly correct. he he he! What I failed to factor in was the parental support/encouragement which makes the children today more intelligent. Parents today are more supportive and MORE knowledgeable which could be due to the availability of books, information and even forums that helps us become better parents also.
8 May 07
I agree that the factors mentioned by you play important role in determining intelligence of a child. More intelligent parents are likely to have more intelligent children as they pass on genetic information to their generation. Similarly parent's support/encouragement is a very important factor but I'll humbly disagree, partially, about your statement that, "parents today are more supportive", It may be true in an Asian society which are still family oriented but here in west parents are too busy in pursuit of their professional carriers that they seldom have time to involve themselves personally with children. They usually send them to day care centers and/or nurseries. I remember that my parents gave us special time and that might be the reason that we were top students in our classes but today I don't see parents much involved. About nutrition, I totally agree with you, with development we are now not only more aware of nutritional requirements of children but also make it sure that they get it. I would also like to add another important factor and that is exposure, which in my humble opinion plays a very vital role in intelligence. children today are getting more and more exposure. I saw computer very late and didn't know how to use it till my 12th grade and my 5 year old nephew know computer better than i did in the age of 15:-)
8 May 07
You could be right that more parents here in Asia are more supportive of their children. It may be in the culture that we have. I don't know anyone here who don't allot a special time everyday with their children. As for myself, I make sure that I check on my daughter's lessons and what they are doing in school everyday when I get home from work and take time to help her in her lessons. I fully agree with you also that exposure do play an important role in the child's intelligence. My 5-year old daughter indeed knows a lot better too about computer than I did at 15years old. Thank you very much for such a very good response. Happy postings!
8 May 07
Thanks cdparazo, happy posting to you as well:-) You know, I really like the fact that family system and bonds in Asia are still much stronger than they are in West. With such an approach of yours and other parents of spending time with children, I do hope for a better future for your nation:-) Best of luck.
8 May 07
Thank you very much. I still believe that having strong families and values makes the nation strong too. We as parent's are in fact making good memories for our children to cherish everytime we spend time with them. I had a friend who lost her mother at a very age but she still could recall very vividly how it feels everytime her mother would combs her hair and spends time with her. I hope that doing the things that we do as parents, we would raise great kids and great people. What a task!
• Lincoln, Nebraska
3 May 07
Milk is good however I always try to buy organic and when I can find milk that hasn't been altered in any way I try to purchase it. There are many good reasons why organic milk is better than other milk found in stores. I do feel that what you said about support and information are the more important part of the equation.
7 May 07
I also agree with you. The parent factor is indeed such a very big factor in the intelligence of children. My daughter is a good example. She is already an intelligent child as it is, but she became more intelligent because as a parent I make sure that I harness and develop the interests that she has.
2 May 07
I agree. In fact, aside from genetic endowments, children today are intelligent because of the type of stimulating and supportive environment that they are in. . I agree that parents today are more and more hand on as regards to their children's education, that is why they provide all the necessary support for their children, and that includes proper nutrition. Children are also more knowledgeable and wiser because of exposure to mass media, especially those coming from homes which can provide for them.