Why Smart Kids Don't Learn

It's true. Some Smart Kids refuse to learn.

Even the very smartest kids, the kids with the highest IQ's. Their parents are frustrated. Their teachers perplexed.

But bottom line: Nobody learns anything if they aren't interested. And let's face it, for some kids, school is boring.

Your children only get interested in a subject (or in school in general) when they have an emotional connection to whatever you or your children's teachers think they must learn. Has nothing to do with how smart your kid is.

Sometimes just pleasing a teacher or a parent is enough. Sometimes the long-term goal of getting into a good college works. Lots of times it takes more.

What if They Hate Math?

I'm really bad at math. I don't get it. Never have. Now here's the emotional connection: My Father hated math. He talked about how much he hated it. Repeated stories about how he got out of freshman math in college. I adored my father. Wanted to be just like him. So I hated math too.

Much as my Father had no use for math, he did try to help me. As a 2nd grader, I would sit with him endlessly while he patiently held up arithmetic flashcards. Then, dutifully, he would say "Good job, MaryJo" when I got the right answer. It was fun. Made me feel closer to him.

But down deep I knew that this man I loved didn't care about math. Didn't think it was important. And now, even though my Father died many years ago, I still can't balance my checkbook without a struggle.

No Positive Emotional Connection?

This lack of positive emotional connection explains why some really smart kids don't do very well in school. They don't care. Or they're bored. And why some not-so-smart kids end up doing really well. Often against all odds and what teachers think they can't do.

For example, some severely dyslexic kids with huge challenges around reading really want to read. This strong emotional motivation helps them become excellent readers, much to the surprise of their teachers and parents.

What Do Your Kids Love?

So discover what your kids love and connect it to learning. She loves ice skating and hates reading? Get her books about ice skating. He's a football fanatic? You're in luck. You'll find lots of easy-read books about football at the library and in your local bookstore.

Discover more strategies, including a Brain Gym® activity, for helping kids develop that essential emotional connection to mastering math or overcoming dyslexia. Get the Smart Kids Smart Parents mini-Guide, "Why Smart Kids Don't Learn and Other Mysteries."

Includes seven articles with strategies for helping kids boost brain power,checklists, quiz, resources, and seven Parent Action Guides.

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