A new study has put to rest the debate on whether children are as intelligence as their mothers or fathers.
Mothers and fathers across the world have always argued about the source of their children’s cleverness.
Each wants the positive traits that include good looks, smarts, music ability and sporting skills in their children to be associated with them.
However, a study at the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow, revealed that kids’ IQs tend to be similar to their mothers’.
This demonstrates the scientific reason that kids inherit their intelligence from their mothers, and not from their dads.
Contribution of X Chromosome to Kids’ Intelligence
This study is supported by multiple studies that have shown that the X chromosome is responsible for carrying intelligence.
Since women have two of the X chromosomes (XX) and men have only one (XY), mothers are more likely to pass down intelligence to their children than fathers.
So if you’re looking for a way to solve the argument, mums, this could be it.
There have been several studies that have sought to prove the theory over the years.
In the Glasgow study, researchers interviewed kids every year from the age of 14-22 considering several factors.
Factors considered include their education and socioeconomic status.
They found that the best predictor of acumen was their mothers.
In the study, the researchers found that the young people’s IQs were only around 15 points different from their mums.
But not all scientists agree on this basic X chromosome principle.
Other researchers have highlighted genetics are not the only factor in determining a child’s intelligence.
According to Psychology Spot, it’s estimated that 40-60% of intelligence is hereditary.
The rest of the intelligence an individual possesses comes from our environment.
So mums and dads can both play an important role in their children’s emotional and intellectual development by building confidence, playing and teaching them new skills.