How can you begin growing your child’s brain

How can you begin growing your child’s brain?  Well, firstly you need to get start from the very beginning. 

Your child’s brain has been developing since conception.  By the time they are born, their brain will contain as many brain cells or neurons, as an adult brain.  Now they simply need joining up.  Through every experience, synapses are firing, making connections deep within their brain that will allow their braincells to interact with each other, informing how your child thinks, moves and behaves. 

Your child is making these connections with every experience.  Wiring their brain and establishing the person they will become

The process of mapping out these connections is like taking a stroll through a field of corn.  That first unmapped walk will have little effect, but with every stroll we etch out our unique path, making it stronger with every experience.  In your infant’s brain, every experience will be firing synapses to make these connections stronger and more permanent, adding growth, as this amazing organ is constructed and fine-tuned. 

The engagements you offer during this time are intensely powerful and influential.  Facilitating all the rapid growth and development that is taking effect throughout their body.  Strengthening muscles and developing internal systems.  Establishing and reinforcing their visual, auditory and kinaesthetic networks. 

Information is bombarding the senses.  So involve this powerful learning tool for deeper and more effective learning

In today’s fast paced, modern living, babies can often be separated from the ebb and flow of daily life.  Either laid in a cot or playpen or alarmingly, placed in front of a screen.  For substantial reasons that I explore in my talks, screens and young babies should never be mixed.  But amplifying this disturbing trend are the opportunities babies are being denied.

Consider for a moment what your child can see and hear when they are being left in a sedentary position.   Their position and balance receptors are not being activated.  They are not witnessing verbal and non-verbal exchanges and communication, and they are certainly not practicing them.  They are missing out on experiencing the complete range of sounds, sights and movements required for healthy growth and development.

Consider the finite number of waking hours your child has before this amazing period of growth is complete 

Allow your child every opportunity to practice using their body, to experience social exchanges, to engage in the “serve and return” of early social interactions.  And to experience the world through all their senses. 

Meet their instinctive attempts at learning with support and encouragement, fostering their love of learning as their mental and physical health flourishes.  As one experience informs how we respond to the next, you will be impacting all their future learning and development through every rich and meaningful experience, setting the foundations for the rest of their life.

This article is taken from our course: The Learning Child

Dr Kathryn Peckham is an Early Childhood Consultant, author and researcher and the founder of Nurturing Childhoods.  Providing all the knowledge, understanding and support you need to nurture your growing child.


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