Brain development: A blend of biological growth and emotional environment

Nurturing a well-behaved child is like walking the thin line between encouraging right behaviour and discouraging wrong behaviour. Shaping your child’s behaviour is not an easy task, yet it can be simplified if you follow a few points and most importantly keep your calm, throughout!

How the Brain Develops

Brain development is a combined outcome of genetics and the environment. It is proven that though genetics guides the brain to develop in a certain way, but your child’s life experiences have a significant impact on how these are expressed in the brain. The credit for optimum development of your child’s brain goes to biological as well as experiential factors faced by them.

Brain development in simple terms is a process of creating, strengthening, and discarding connections among the neurons in the brain. These neurons form pathways that govern all the actions of your child’s body and mind – from breathing and sleeping to thinking and feeling. For instance, your child’s brain is ‘pre-wired’ to respond to speech. When infants hear people chatting, their neurons are stimulated to created pathways to function in a similar way.

Impact of environment on brain development

Your child’s brain is empowered to adapt in their own environment. Be it colder regions, urban lifestyle or joint families, children learn how to function in those environments. Because the brain adapts to its environment, it will adapt to a negative environment just as readily as it will adapt to a positive one!

Being with your child in ‘bad’ times

Neglecting children or leaving them to cry-out alone, hampers their positive brain development. In stressful times, our body releases a hormone called cortisol which can damage brain development in early years of the child and lead to long-term emotional problems, that can last through adulthood.

Positive vs negative modelling

Children exposed to positive modelling for making smart decisions are more likely to make smart decisions themselves. But when they face spanking or taking-down for bad decisions, they might not make the right decisions next time – but might resort to yelling just like their parents!

Understanding your child’s brain

For optimum behaviour of your child, it is crucial that you understand the link between your child’s brain and its experiences. Your child’ brain is split into two halves – the right one for creativity and the left for logical thinking. It is important to make these two work in harmony to achieve most favourable behaviour. Activating a tiny part of the brain called the midbrain that bridges the left and right brains, helps you in your endeavour. Also, by activating the midbrain, your child can utilise the whole brain for faster learning, better memory and much more. 

Brain Barn Edu offers a highly effective workshop that boosts your child’s learning ability and unveils their hidden potential through Midbrain Activation. 

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