It is intriguing to learn that as a child grows up; his development of the brain is yet to be finished. There are still parts of the brain that manages the thinking, memorizing including social and their behavior these are all parts that are yet to develop. It is amazing to know that the brain actually matures outside the womb not inside the womb. Therefore, it is important to properly nurture them while they are still young whether it is through affection, relationship or other means that positively affects your child’s brain in a positive way.
Here is what I have learned regarding the development of your child’s brain. I hope that through these fun and scientific activities, you will understand how your child develops and thus understand him or her better.
START HEALTHY. Being physically healthy for your child can start as early as while you are still pregnant. Avoid any drugs that can affect the baby’s growth including drinking alcohol and smoking. Maintain a regular, mild walk to help you become stronger as you carry the baby’s weight for nine months, it prepares your body for physical challenge during labor and lessen the risk of complications and make the baby and you healthy.
TALK and SING WITH THEM. It is important to communicate with your child with proper vocalizations. It will help their brain to understand every speech and pronunciation language for their input. Do not scream to them since baby can be very sensitive and it can give a negative impact or experience as they grow up. Have a meaningful conversation and respond to what they are trying to tell you. Human is a very communal creature, spending some time talking and singing helps them stimulate and expand their own brain.
PAY ATTENTION. Pay attention to what your child is saying or pointing. Paying attention to your baby can increase their self-confidence as they grew up. It will give them the feeling of importance; while on the other hand, not paying attention to your kids can lead to the feeling of rejection and low self-esteem. When your baby cries, immediate attend to his or her needs. Nurtures, cuddles and assure him in order to create positivity in your baby’s brain circuitry area which is associated with emotions. Touches can increase intimacy with your baby and this will send the emotional security signal to their brain.
MAKE MEALTIMES and RESTIMES ENJOYABLE. In order to put a positive perception about eating and rest time, you need to make it more enjoyable and not a form of punishment because kids will grow up remembering the experience they had. Compliment your child when he eats veggies, fruits and any other healthy foods. Never scold your kids for a messy table or messes they created. They will associate good times with eating healthy foods.
USE A PROPER WAY OF DISCIPLINE. Never cause your child any shame or terrifying them in from of people. I have seen most parents hit their child in public and it will develop an emotional brain pattern in them. Instead, use a low, serious voice tone to convey that you are serious with what you are saying. Be consistent and appropriate according to your child’s age.
LET THEM EXPLORE. One of the best methods to make your kids’ brain smarter is to let them explore things. Kids loves to play and it is one way for them to learn many things. Encourage your kids to never fear of trying and give them positive and constructive feedback so that they will know if they are doing it right and at the same time learn from their mistakes.
ENCOURAGE THEM TO READ. I have noticed that the similarities of all intelligent, smart kids are that they love reading books. They read a lot of books than I am! Reading helps develop their brain beyond limits. Choose appropriate books for their age and encourage them to read as often as they can. You can also reward them by visiting library or the zoo to help them enhance their imagination about animals that they read about in books. Stimulate their brain by exchanging ideas; this can enhance their critical thinking at a young age.
BUILD TRUST. Building trust with your kids can help the brain to develop well and become smarter. Trust does not happen in an instant. It can take years to build moments and memories. To trust someone means less stress and anxiety, stress and anxiety is believe to be one of the primary factor of cognitive deterioration in an individual. Trusting allows your kids to be more open to you and it will keep their brain away from stress and anxiety.
Furthermore, if you noticed that your child does not develop as they age, you should talk with your doctor about it and discuss the situation of your child. There might be some underlying health condition your child might go through. The doctor will tell you the next step or as to whether you need to connect with resources such as Early Childhood Centre.