Every parent wants their child to do well, and a lot of that depends on how quickly they can learn the basics. When children are primed for learning early in life, they are significantly more likely to continue a life of productive learning well into adulthood. Fortunately, there are things you can do as a parent to ensure that your child is set for success. If you would like to know how to raise intelligent children, then use these seven tips to get them going down the right path.

Listen to music: Studies show that children who listen to music do better in a number of areas including problem solving, vocabulary, mathematics and spacial skills. This is largely to do with music’s ability to convey any number of messages – be it history, language arts, mathematics, or anything in between. It is also a great way to teach your child about emotions and proper ways to express them.

Read together: Books are often the first exposure a child has to written language and can teach your child that words come from letters which are then transformed into sentences and ultimately information. Therefore, by reading to your child regularly, you can help them learn to recognize letters, sounds, and the meaning of words. How better, then, to inspire creative thought than through the pages of a good book.

To make the experience more beneficial, encourage your child to participate in story time by asking questions and discussing themes and morals behind each story to keep their imaginations busy and peak their curiosity.

Get creative: Finger paints may be viewed as all fun for children (and all mess for parents) but it is so much more than that. In fact, encouraging creative craft work helps build confidence, teaches creative thinking, and helps children retain information longer. In addition, art appreciation can become a history lesson due to its use throughout ancient cultures up through the present. So, if there’s ever any confusion about the amazing advantages of art education, then the benefit of building a stronger, more informed and independent generation should settle any dispute.

Feed them well: Feeding your child regular meals will help him stay focused longer, but it is important to make sure that the foods you provide are well-rounded. For example, diets high in sugar content may provide bursts of energy, but will ultimately lead to a crash later in the day. Conversely, diets that are high in fiber and protein – which aren’t digested as quickly – will give your child extended go-power to help them stay focused longer.

Know your child’s learning style: One of the most amazing things about raising children is watching them develop their own personalities. But this doesn’t occur through nurturing, alone. Every child is different in many ways; one of which is their receptiveness to certain learning styles.

There are three basic types of learning styles: auditoryphysical , and visual. Though children often learn by use of any combination of these styles, each child tends to lean toward one specific style as their preference. By understanding your child’s learning style, you can adapt to their needs and thus help them excel in even the most complicated areas.

Avoid too much television: With so many educational television shows, it may be tempting to plop your child down in front of a TV to let their favorite character become their in-home teacher. But too much television, no matter how educational, can slow your child’s mental development by allowing them to be passive observers rather than active participants in their education. This is not to say that educational TV shows should not be used, but rather they should be used in addition to regular, one-on-one interactions with loving family members and caregivers.

Show your affection: A child should feel loved – first and foremost – in order for them to develop the confidence needed to attain new skills. This is why it is believed that by simply showing affection to your child, you can provide the ultimate boost in brain-power. Ask yourself regularly how you interact with your child, and how your child responds to such interaction, and adjust your parenting style accordingly.

Great parents take pride in their child’s development, and they are right to do so. But even the most intelligent child can benefit from effective parental interaction. By incorporating these seven tips into your daily routine with your child, you can foster a love for learning that will follow him throughout his whole life, no doubt making the transition into adulthood a smooth process.

But, just because you now have a better understanding on how to approach raising an intelligent child, it is still important to remain calm about your child’s development. Each child develops at a different rate, and if a parent or caregiver stresses too much about his or her progress, that stress can transfer to the child, ultimately slow the learning process. Take the proper steps to encourage learning in your child, but back off if he or she becomes overwhelmed. If you still have concerns, consult your child’s pediatrician to see if there is reason to worry. If there is, your child’s doctor will let you know. Until then, relax and do your best. Your child will thank you in the future.