Parenting Resources

Word Smart & Logic Smart

Your child thinks with words

Children who are ‘word smart’ enjoy language – in one or all of its forms. Talking, reading, writing, making lists, sharing in discussions – ‘word smart’ children think with and problem solve with words. They often talk to themselves, enjoy writing, like teaching others what they have learned. Word smart children enjoy games like Scattergories and Scrabble, and they process their emotions by writing or talking.

Word smart children often get in trouble at home or at school for ‘talking too much’. A caution to parents who have ‘word smart’ children – be careful of criticizing them for talking too much as you don’t want to stifle their creativity and problem solving. You may need to say that you need a break from the conversation without criticizing your child.

Your child thinks with questions

Children who are ‘logic smart’ enjoy asking questions and need things to make sense. They become upset when things are confusing and will often ask “Why?”

Logic smart children need to be solving problems and can easily become bored. They often enjoy math, science experiments, and responding to “What if?" questions. Logic smart children enjoy games like Clue and they process their emotions by asking questions.

Logic smart children may get in trouble for asking too many questions or by seeming to be defiant by asking, “Why?” It is especially important for parents to avoid shutting down their logic smart children with answers such as,Because I said so.