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Aisling O’Loughlin: Child Geniuses Are Not What They Are Cracked Up To Be

So, do have an intelligent child? Well apparently they are over-rated and they are not set to be the future leaders of the world.

New research suggests that allowing children to explore life and form their own opinions throughout their childhood is super beneficial for their growth and learning as they reach their adult years.

“Child prodigies, they’re over-rated. Apparently, they rarely grow up to become adult geniuses who change the world. Take that Tiger mums.”

“According to Adam Grant’s new book, Originals, How Non- Conformists Move The World, gifted children may play Mozart at four but seldom come up with their own scores as adults. They become too good at pleasing their parents and teachers, and end up being experts at following the rules, not at breaking them or questioning the system,” Aisling O’Loughlin said in her Mother of all Baby Columns in RSVP Magazine.

Aisling O'Loughlin

“Their biggest failing later in life is being unoriginal. According to Grant – who’s a professor of psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania – the best way to nurture and encourage creativity in our children is to back off, cut down on rules and let them discover their own passions with parental support,” she continued.

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“Celebrating a curious mind, allowing questions and not forcing your religious beliefs on them early, were marked out in studies as the best approach to creating brilliant adults who do indeed change the world,” added the quirky TV favourite.

Read what else she has to say in this month’s issue of RSVP Magazine- on shelves now

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