Smart kids... Who would not want that? Every parent dreams of having at least one smart kid in the family. Some would think the journey through the achievement of that goal is impossible. As the saying goes "Nothing is impossible." Yes. You read that right. You can raise smart kids if you work hard.
Working hard to raise smart kids
What does that mean? For many parents, that would mean sacrifice. Sacrificing entails devoting at least a portion of your time while guiding your kids with their school assignments and projects. You can take this as a way to increase quality, bonding time with kids. Your kids will surely adore you when they hear your opinion and they see that you are interested to learn about what they do and how they do in school.
Pressure is something that even adults cannot handle. Imagine yourself trying to say these words repeatedly to your child: "You should be number 1 in class... Number 1 in all you do." The idea sounds great but that will put too much pressure. Your children may be able to absorb what you are saying but that does not necessarily mean he will apply it. The thought will run through his head several times and he may be able to achieve what you want at first. However, such will not do him good for a long time. It may even cause him to stumble in the class ranks later on.
Observe your kids
Observing your kids means you should look into his interests much more than yours. One of the mistakes you may commit as a parent is to assume that what you want is what your child should want. This will just make him lose track of what he really wants in his life for the future. You need to see what your child can achieve and not how you will benefit from such achievement.
Let your child enjoy
Your child needs that. Let him take breaks once in a while. It will be good if you take him to a vacation. Make it a point that you are cool with what he does.
Work hard. Never pressure. Observe. Enjoy. These are things that work if you intend to raise smart kids. Remember that being smart is not all about academic performance. It also includes letting your child explore his surroundings from time to time to make him a better, smarter person later on in life.