The Sum of Success: IQ + Creativity + Practical Intelligence

In Brain Rules for Baby, John Medina quoted The Journal of Happiness Studies which stated that “People who make more than $5 million a year are not appreciably happier than those who make $100,000 a year”. “Money only increases happiness only when it lifts people out of poverty to about the mid-five figures. Past $50,000Continue reading “The Sum of Success: IQ + Creativity + Practical Intelligence”

Starting Early: How do you Raise a Successful Child?

How do you raise a successful child? In Nurture Shock, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman found that there were no tests available that could accurately predict a child’s intellectual potential – at least, not while they are still in kindergarten. Well, IQ tests for children may be unreliable, but according to John Medina in Brain RulesContinue reading “Starting Early: How do you Raise a Successful Child?”

5 Ways to Raise a Smart Kid

Further to my previous post on raising smart kids, I thought it was interesting to note Gavin’s behaviour when he plays with his shape sorter. I first introduced the shape sorter to Gavin when he was ten months old.  He learned pretty quickly how to fit the circle into the round hole and subsequently, theContinue reading “5 Ways to Raise a Smart Kid”

How to Raise a Smart Kid

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”, or, if you read the “Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance“, it is “1% inspiration, 29% good instruction and encouragement, and 70% perspiration”. Indeed, science is telling us to forget about in-born genius, special talents and other innate qualities that we believe to be responsible for creatingContinue reading “How to Raise a Smart Kid”