Parents have been left very divided over a new study that found kids inherit their intelligence from their moms...
It's been a topic of great debate between many families for centuries now.
Who do the kids inherit their intelligence from?
Is it from their mom?
Or is it from their dad?
Of course, the nature/nurture argument is always in place...
And many parents believe that raising their children with love and care is the most important thing.
But some parents are literally obsessed with taking the credit for their child's intelligence...
Because who wouldn't be, right?
Especially when your child is super smart!
There's nothing quite like a straight-A student, is there?
Well, it turns out that there's actually someone, in particular, to credit for a child's intelligence following some studies...
And it's gotten parents talking!
Some didn't agree with the study's findings...
But on the other hand, many parents were happy with the findings...
So, according to multiple studies, the X chromosome is responsible for carrying on intelligence...
Women have 2 of these chromosomes (XX) and men have only 1 (XY) - so they are twice as likely to pass down intelligence to their children than the fathers are.
There have been several studies that have sought to prove the theory over the years.
One study at the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow, Scotland, revealed that children's IQs tend to be similar to that of their mothers.
Researchers interviewed kids every year from the age of fourteen - twenty-two, taking into account various factors like education and socioeconomic status'.
They found that the best predictor of intelligence was their mothers - and the young people's IQs were only around fifteen points different.
But not all scientists agree on this basic X chromosome principle.
Other researchers have highlighted that genetics are not the only factor in determining a child's intelligence.
According to Psychology Spot, it's estimated that between forty and sixty percent of intelligence is hereditary - the rest comes from our environment.
Of course, this isn't a guaranteed fact!
And it has also been proven that a child's intelligence comes from their environment and how hard they work at school - so try not to kick yourselves too much, dads!
As long as a child is raised in a happy and healthy family environment...
That's all that matters!
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