While being academically intelligent is not the only thing that is important in the world, many of us parents would really love to have intelligent kids. Whether we admit it or not, it feels awesome to have kids who are not just well-mannered but are also brilliant in school.
But did you know that kids get their intelligence from their moms? Isn’t that wonderful news, mommies?
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Based on research highlighted by Psychology Spot and shared on the Reader’s Digest, a child’s intelligence is believed to come from the mother.
It is easy to say that a child can really inherit intelligence from both parents, yet the study claims that intelligence genes from the father appear to be ‘deactivated’. With genes for intelligence found in the X chromosome, the study pointed out that this obviously meant kids get their intelligence from moms – after all, females have two X chromosomes while males only have one.
According to the study, because the intelligence genes are in the X chromosomes, children are twice as likely to inherit their mom’s intelligence genes than their dad’s. It seems that this has actually been proven many decades ago!
Back in 1994, the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit conducted a study with 12,686 subjects, with ages ranging from 14 to 22. Data collected included IQ of children and parents, race, education, and socio-economic status.
As you might have already guessed, the study concluded that the best predictor for intelligence was the mother’s IQ! Congratulations, mommies!
But dads shouldn’t feel so sad. After all, there’s still a chance their kids actually inherit some intelligence from their dad’s X chromosome.
Plus, the study added that environmental factors still account for a child’s intelligence; thus, dads can still impart their intelligence with the kids by being more hands on in their children’s education.
Moms do have an advantage in that they are often the children’s first teachers. As the child’s primary teacher and caregiver, moms are often “the primary architects of their child’s environment during the period of critical brain development.”
Hurray for all moms!
Source: Reader’s Digest