Whenever I happened to be with a parent watching a genius baby shown on television show, without any doubt they would exclaim, "How fortunate the kid's parents are to have such a genius kid!" and go on to tell stories about their "ordinary kids".
Well, all babies are created equal (No pun intended) and as they are geniuses to start with. The things go down hill from then on. It is the parents job to nurture them and keep them as geniuses. Most of the parents thrust their own wishes and thoughts on kids and kids grow up living their parents' dreams.
Wikipedia defines "Genius" as "a person of great intelligence, who shows an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work."
The problem is that parents do not allow the babies to retain their originality. And the the world that the parents grew up is not here anymore. Children have plenty of opportunities before them now and the laws that governed their parents lives are no longer valid now.
Lessons for parents who wants to raise baby geniuses.
1. Be honest in giving your answers when your baby asks questions. If you don't know a thing, say 'I don't know!'.
2. Find the answer and explain it to the kids in an understandable manner.
3. Do not set any limit to your kids. Just fulfill their curiosity. Do not thrust your weaknesses upon them.
4. Stop comparing them with other kids or your baby 'experiences'.
5. Every kid learns differently. Quickly observe your baby and understand. Some kids read and understand and some kids do and understand. Find out which type of learning will suit your baby and adopt that method of teaching.
6. Teach the kid where to find answers. (Did I mention anything about Google? Good.)
7. Teach your kid that it is OKAY to make mistakes.
I am not a parent yet. But, I love kids. I would spend hours and hours with a curious kid than a lame 25-year-old girl (pun intended). In my opinion, I will learn more things from a kid.
Thanks to Sammani, my friend's daughter who lent her drawing skills for this post. Click on the photo to see a larger version and visit artist's page. You may encourage her by showing some appreciation by leaving valuable comments for that drawing.(you need a flickr/yahoo id to do so).