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Life Lessons: Raising smarter kids

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 28 2013 04:00:00 AM CDT

Life lessons raising smarter kids

Parents are able to boost their kids' brain power even in their first year of life.

In a study of six-year-olds, children breastfed regularly as infants scored five pecent higher on IQ tests than those who were not.

We have three other steps parents can take to raise smarter kids.

Every parent wants their child to be successful in school. They can start by limiting time spent on video games.

Students who play more than two hours of computer or video games a day tend to score almost 10 percent lower on school exams.

Staying fit isn't just for physical health; it also helps kids do better in school.

According to a Temple University study, overweight middle schoolers have lower GPAs, more detentions, and worse attendance than kids at a normal weight.

Also, learning to juggle can improve children's cognitive ability.

Researchers from Yale University found learning difficult perceptual motor skills like juggling raises the volume of gray matter in young brains by three percent.

Whether or not someone attends preschool can also play a role in their future success.

In a recent study, people who went to preschool were 52 percent more likely to graduate high school as well as more likely to own their own home by age 27.