Nurture Influences Intelligence Essay

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Intelligence is “the capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity.” (dictionary.com) As humans, our intelligence is derived from and developed through nurture: our surroundings, environment, and experiences. Our intellect is developed throughout our lives, with assistance from our early childhood development, our families, and through schooling.

Firstly, our early life experiences and childhood development contribute greatly to our intelligence. Throughout pregnancy, and immediately after birth, new mothers are faced with the infamous question: Whether or not they will breast-feed? 
Breast-feeding provides immunity to diseases and infections, aids in overall growth, and most importantly, promotes
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Toys with colours, textures, materials, sounds, buttons, and that are interactive promote learning without the child even realizing that they are in fact learning. Toys can influence creativity, such as paint sets, and colouring books. They can also teach life skills. Baby dolls, play kitchens, and play cleaning sets can teach children how to be parents, how to cook, and how to clean, which are essential skills that they will require in their lives, and help to prepare them to use such skills later in life.
Therefore, our early childhood development and experiences greatly influence the beginning of learning and intellect.

Secondly, families and home environments influence human intellect. Parents greatly influence their children's intelligence. On average, parents who are well educated, raise their children to be the same way. A child’s parents are the first people that the child encounters in their lives, therefore, during the first years of life, they are the ones who influence and teach the child the most. The way that parents treat their child greatly affects their intelligence level. For example, parents who have low-income jobs and who are constantly overwhelmed by their attempts to provide basic needs for their child often do not put the same emphasis on the importance of their child’s education, thus resulting in lower IQ scores for their children. 
According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, in order for an individual to obtain knowledge,

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