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Stimulating Brain Power in Children: Simple Things Parents Can Do

By Andrew Loh



Before you want to stimulate your child's brain functions, you will need to know and understand a number of basic activities of brain. Brain is a mysterious organ that can play an important role in your child's success. Structure ad functioning of brain in an optimal manner is a necessity to lead a life of contentment and satisfaction. Your child's brain works based on some core principles that are too important for normal brain development. Some of these are:

  1. Your child's brain is in fact an efficient parallel processor of various nerve cells and neurons. It means that your child's brain can perform several functions at the same time.

  2. Learning is a life-long process for any human! In fact, learning involves the entire body not just mind alone!

  3. Plain information is actually useless while meaning of these bits of information is actually very important.

  4. Learning in your child always happens because of challenge and a willingness to learn. Learning may never happen if your child is under severe stress.

  5. Brain can store primary information in different forms in different places within the brain. Your child's brain can easily retrieve these stored information bits by using the complex network of nerve cells.

  6. Emotions in your child's life can play an important role in streamlining a number of basic functions like attention span, memory and memory recall.

The above-mentioned parameters are necessary, if you want to make your child smart and intelligent. Stimulating your child's brain is a complex process of training and streamlining combining these parameters and inducing them in your child with utmost care. No parameters are exclusive, but they are inclusive and complimentary. You will need to combine all these parameters to develop your child's brain functions.

Shower Love and Affection: Ensure that you shower utmost love and affection on your child. Appreciate them from time to time to spruce up their emotional platform. Ensure that you are setting up a caring, concerned and loving environment within your home. Make sure that you are inducing an encouraging environment in your home.

Result and Outcome:

  • Better and quick memory and recall

  • Efficient thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills

  • Better and proper behavior patterns

  • Better learning ability

Regular Breakfast and Nutritious Food: Breakfast is obviously the most important source of nutrients. Skipping breakfast is dangerous to your child's health; in fact, it can lead impaired memory and inferior academic performance. Among other effects of bad nutrition are decreased attention span and learning ability, lapsed concentration levels, reduced body energy levels, less enthusiasm and overall poor brain development. Better nutrition can easily provide a number of benefits; oatmeal is perhaps the best breakfast cereal with its amazing nutritional properties.

Result and Outcome:

  • Increased or enhanced ability to learn and understand

  • Better comprehension and understanding of issues

  • Superior cognitive abilities

  • Superior and sharp spatial memory

  • Enhanced logical abilities

Enough Sleep: Your children need adequate sleep to get the required amount of rest. Adequate sleep ensures memory enhancement, better performance in subjects like math and arts. Sleepless nights may result in tiredness and lethargy.

Result and Outcome:

  • Well controlled emotional management

  • Scholarly academic performance

  • Superior learning skills

  • Absence of behavioral problems

Creative Play: Creative playtime assists your children in learning and mastering a number of core academic skills and abilities that are so important for reading, comprehending writing, phonetics and problem solving. You can allow your children to engage themselves in a number of creative games and activities.

Result and Outcome:

  • Quick development of spatial and logical thinking

  • Acquisition of important hand to eye coordination

  • Better creativity and inquisitiveness

Culture and Arts: Music teaching, extra-curricular activities and painting are three of the most desirable activities that can develop your child's brain. Study of a foreign language is another activity that provides an opportunity to develop cultural relationship.

Result and Outcome:

  • Appreciable academic achievement

  • Enhanced spatial thinking and reasoning skills

  • Enhanced problem solving skills

Brain building in children is a specialized activity that needs lot of preparation and hard work from your side. As a responsible parent, you should allot enough time to educate your children in all aspects of brain development. Available research studies suggest us that we can easily influence our children's brain power, though the care and support we give, the games we play and activities we do with them, the nutrition we provide them and the sum of positive choices we make for them. Never ever, forget the importance of feeding the right type of brain foods like Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds and a range of other foods that help in the increased production of phospholipids, fatty acid molecules that lead to the development of brain's messaging network.

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Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power
By Susan M. Heim and Holly Engel-smothers

With more than 100 billion neurons that would stretch more than 60,000 miles, a newborn baby's brain is quite phenomenal! These neurons must generally form connections within the first eight months of a baby's life to foster optimal brain growth and lifelong learning.

Mommies, daddies, and caregivers are extremely vital to ensuring babies reach their full potential, and this parent guidebook offers descriptive explanations for developing and nurturing maximum brainpower during the essential early years. Topics include things that influence brain growth in the womb; Fattening up the brain; Windows of opportunity; Development of language, vision, hearing, & motor skills; Red flags in your baby s development; Uncovering your baby's temperament.

 

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