While some kids are just born smart; most kids are reared to be smart. There are things that you can do to hedge your bet and improve the likelihood that your child will be smarter:
Parents of Smart kids:
1. Make Education the priority, not just important but the priority.
2. Make discipline and consequences part of family life.
3. Encourage their kids to experience a variety of venues: they visit museums, the circus, the zoo; they listen to different genres of music and view theater; they go to the aquarium and the park and travel as often as they can. They partake in cultural events.
4. Allow their kids to explore and have opinions.
5. Speak to their kids using and teaching advanced vocabulary and encourage their kids to respond.
6. Attend parent meetings and special events at school. This shows support to the child
7. Show support of the teacher. Even when they don’t always agree.
8. See the teacher as their ally not their enemy.
9. Quickly assist the child to get help for their weaknesses.
10. Limit Television, video games,and phone conversations.
11. Set homework times.
12. Help kids study and check homework.
13. Eat dinner together.
14. Set and Enforce Bedtimes.
15. Encourage and listen to their kids.
16. Work with kids to set goals and challenges.
17. Provide school supplies. Replenish as necessary.
18. Limit distractions, be it caused by family or friend or events.
19. Have High Expectations
20. Make life choices that focus on the educational needs of the kids.
21. Spend time with their kids.
22. Agree on educational goals. Parents with major differences on the importance of education often lead to confusion in the mind of the child therefore mixed results.
23. Encourage their kids to pursue their passions.
24. Expose their kids to other languages.
25. Know their children’s friends and whereabouts.
Parents don’t have to be Rocket Scientists themselves (although Brilliance often runs in families). But they do have to communicate with their kids that education is a need not a want and that they expect their kids to excel (not just hope they will). Parents have to expect excellence and they will more than likely receive it. Luke warm expectations often lead to lukewarm outcomes. Work with your kid to excel, and he or she has a greater likelihood of achieving it.