Your kids start learning earlier and faster in life if you begin to raise them in a way that will help them “develop strategies that will help them find answers to new problems in the future.” According to research from “a new study out of Ecole Normal Superieure in Paris, France,” it is possible that your kids start learning earlier than you may have initially thought if you simply let them.
“Researchers there recently tested 20-month-old babies and found that these infants are already capable of practicing a sophisticated form of thinking called metacognition.” However, as a parent you need to do the right things to enact metacognition and get your babies to start utilizing it. “According to Dr. Sid Kouider, one of the authors of the study, metacognition is best described as ‘gut feeling’ about your knowledge, or lack thereof.” So metacognition is what we use when we rely on our instincts. If your kids start learning earlier in life to rely on metacognition they will be able to be ages ahead of the kids around them, mentally, when they enter into the school system. You can give your kids an advantage by teaching them to exercise the metacognition muscles in their mind early in life. After all, we use metacognition all of the time, so it would make sense to start teaching our kids to do the same from a young age. “As Donald Rumsfeld famously put it, ‘There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know.’ Knowing what you don’t know? That’s metacognition – an intuition that you are wrong or have somehow made a mistake.”
We know that this is possible now because of research performed to show that kids start using metacognition early in life. “It was previously assumed that children develop this skill later in life. But, says Kouider, he and his colleagues found that even at this young age, ‘infants already know when they don’t know something, and they are able to signal this fact to their caregivers’ in order to get help solving problems.” Kids are smart in their own right. They already have good intellect and intuition. “Metacognition allows humans to actively seek out new information, and to adapt their learning strategies to specific situations. When children understand they don’t know everything, and when they know where to look for answers to their questions, they can start to acquire knowledge faster, without repeating the same mistakes over and over again.” So what kids do when they don’t know something is adapt to the situation and seek answers. They try to fill the blank space and develop strategies to find answers and deal with situations – strategies they will later use in life as they embark down their own journeys looking for success.