Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do.

Does anyone drive you nuts by asking questions, questions, and more questions? Do you know someone who needs things to make sense? These people are logic smart.

Last Wednesday, I blogged details about what it means to be word smart. Today’s blog will be about being logic smart. Dr. Gardner, the “father” of multiple intelligences labels this intelligence “logical-mathematical intelligence.”

Just like with the other smarts, everyone has at least some logic smart ability. When using our logic smartness, we think with questions. We usually ask more questions when we get excited.

When we’re being logic smart, we’re wondering, analyzing, predicting, investigating, and trying to resolve confusing information. We’ll think about something longer than others and sometimes verbalize the questions we have in our mind. Many of us have learned, though, that our questions can kill fun conversations so we self-censor to keep relationships healthy.

Those of us with logic-smart strengths need something worth thinking about. We need time to think and time to explore ideas. Without intellectually stimulating ideas and freedom to investigate what we’re curious about, we’ll be bored and frustrated. That can cause us to act out, complain, and become behavior problems.

Math and science tend to be academic disciplines logic-smart children enjoy and do well at. They appreciate the consistency and logic of math and the experimenting and discovering components of science. To awaken and strengthen this smart, provide lots of activities involving numbers and encourage your children to experiment with ideas and things.

This intelligence is the second “school smart” because thinking with questions is so common in school. And, of course, math and science are core classes. (As I explained last week, word smart is the second school smart.) It’s especially important that children who struggle in school, who may not have logic-smart and word-smart strengths, understand they’re still smart. Their other intelligences must be appreciated and they must be told they’re smart. It’s a power word.

As I pointed out in last week’s blog, without being self-controlled and having self-respect and respect for others, it’s actually easy for children (and adults) to misbehave with an intelligence strength. Unhealthy uses of logic-smart strengths can cause children to question authority, ask so many “why?” questions that others don’t feel smart, and create problems for others to solve. They can be unteachable because they either think they know enough or they believe they can figure things out on their own.

When our character is mature and we have self-control, self-respect, and respect for others, our curiosity can result in teachability. We can help people create solutions to significant problems. We can help others by answering their questions and doing research for them.

So, how logic smart are you? What about the children you know? What if you talked about the evidence you see and the benefits of being logic smart? Encouraging the children can help them use this smart only for good and not to do harm.