The intellectual development and growth of a child depends on many contributing factors. These factors have to be properly laid out and be instilled in the growing consciousness of a child. A child is known to have the fragile and innocent mind that is often influenced by many aspects. There is no exact approach to maximize the intellectual development of a child. It relies entirely on the nature of child rearing and the educational background of the child.
At a tender age, children tend to mimic what they see around their environments. They tend to imitate adults and their characteristics. Children do not have yet the right discernment over what is true and wrong, what is appropriate or not, or what is the right decision from the wrong one. However, factors contributing to a child’s intellectual development can be actualized only if these matters are conceptualized with optimism and especially morality.
Morality is indeed an ultimate companion in raising a child’s intellectual development. The intellectual capabilities of children are heightened when they are introduced to the world of morality. Intelligence cannot be measured or influenced by books or theories alone. Intelligence must entail practicality on issues especially on decision-making. At an early age, a child just follows instructions from the parents. He does not have the ability to decide wisely over his or her acts. By the time that he can independently decide on his own and his parents still dictate what they want, intellectual development will definitely be stalled.
The role of parents is not to be dictatrixes of what they think is the best for their growing children. As a parent, it is really their obligation to steer them into the righteous path. But on the other hand, making them decide on their own is a plus factor in developing their intellectual capabilities. In line with morality, children being exposed in the sense of morality are more likely to make the right decisions in life. Morality teaches them to discern what is literally good from mistakes. Morality also creates and instills good values in them. Morality furthermore creates a fear for doing wrong and inappropriate acts.
Secondly, a child’s intellectual development is further flourished by free will and freedom as a moral obligation. Free will and freedom can be counterparts in some aspects. Freedom is the independence to do things pointing to a good decision or result. Free will is simply doing the things we desire. Freedom and free will must fuse together to form moral obligation. If people do the things that they like and they turn out to be good or positive, it is then an obligation to nourish them further. Apart from deciding on our own free will, moral obligation lets us weigh circumstances and all the profitable benefits we could achieve in making the right decisions. Using freedom and free will however, is not simply a matter of choice. It is more of a moral responsibility that upholds our values and holistic development.