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Kids around the world are getting smarter, making it tougher for their parents and teachers to keep up, according to an Australian gifted families coach.

Alan D. Thompson, who is also the national gifted children’s co-ordinator at Australian high IQ society Mensa, said a number of factors were driving the trend towards brightness in our kids.

“The world is getting exponentially smarter and your bright child is part of that future, whether you’re ready for it or not,” said Mr Thompson.

“With literacy rates increasing worldwide, IQ scores continuing to go up and gifted kids starting to read at younger ages, it’s clear the new ‘average’ is brightness.

“Children today are smarter because they have better nutrition, more stimulation, and use different tools, in diverse environments.

“Technological advances are setting them up very early to take in lots of information; beginning with computers, and moving into virtual reality and artificial intelligence, each version of technology in the modern world is strengthening learning, enhancing experience, and increasing brightness in our kids.”

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IQ Scores are on the increase, but does that mean kids are smarter? Source: Herald Sun

Mr Thompson has just released his third book, Bright, to help parents and teachers better support their offspring and students to be their best and harness their natural talents while living a life of joy.

“High capacity on its own isn’t a recipe for high performance though,” said Mr Thompson.

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“To help bright children lead fulfilling lives they need to learn things like how to fail, how to stop self-sabotage, how to identify and talk about feelings, how to filter information for relevance, and that they have the power to create their own lives.

“A recent Australian-first survey by Mensa revealed nearly six out of 10 parents of gifted children were concerned about underachievement, so it’s clear mums and dads of bright kids have a definite desire to learn more about how they can help their child enjoy a rewarding life.”


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