Tips to Raising a Smart Child

Gone are the days of talented and gifted programs for students who just kindasortamaybe seem to have an innate ability to think faster than their classmates. Good riddance. Studies conducted over the last decade have shown that intelligence has far less to do with nature than with nurture. Given the right circumstances, the current thinking suggests, almost any child can be gifted. It’s both an encouraging finding and an added bit of pressure for parents.

Part handbook and part literature review, Great Minds and How to Grow Them is education expert Deborah Eyre’s attempt to create a modern resource for parents that contextualizes recent research and offers some prescriptive tips on how to raise smart cookies. Fatherly spoke with Eyre, who is also the founder of High Performance Learning, about how average dads can help their offspring become exceptional.

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