Brain Development in a child happens at a very fast pace. And it is for this reason often said and in the meantime widely known that the first few years in a child’s life have a very high importance for the complete lifetime of a human. This video is a reminder and a guide for parents.
But all this begs an answer to this question:
How can I support brain development of my child?
The answer is simple and difficult at the same time. And it is not, as you might suspect, proper teaching. The answer is learning. But learning mostly done by the parents. To support your child properly, you have to learn communicating with him or her from the beginning, to see his needs, his anxieties, his happiness, his aspirations. And to learn how to respond to them by providing a secure environment, cheering successes, fostering self esteem and confidence into the world.
Your child has to develop a sense that he is welcome in your world as the unique person he is already way before birth.
If a child is trying to do something impossible, it is always better to show him how it would be possible, or how it could be dangerous instead of yelling “Don’t try this! You are too small, stupid, weak for this!”
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today I want to show you a one hour long video. I hear you screaming or moaning “I do not have that time!” My answer is: If you do not have the time now to listen to the complete presentation of David Shenk, listen in for just a few minutes right now, and then bookmark it and plan in your calender time to watch and listen in full. And my advise is: plan to listen at least twice.
David Shenk is the author of the book The Genius in All uf Us. He explains in his presentation with stunning clarity that there are things you can do for yourself to improve your skills wherever you are right now in your journey through your life. And as importantly, you can help your kids developing master skills in the field of their interests by shaping your living environment and the environment your kids are living in.
I am well aware that this is a controversial topic. And I hope that this presentation can kill quite a number of excuses which might have served up to now well as a comfortably warm blanket covering a “can do nothing” attitude. I am ready to take the heat for that.
When I extract the essential substance for my own life out of this presentation, the result is: be aware of all aspects of your living environment and manage them carefully. Do this for yourself and for the sake of your children!
I stumbled upon this 4-minute video on YouTube. It comes from Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
It is no secret that good nutrition is a necessary condition for the healthy mental development of a child. But this video explains the other half of the truth: a child’s brain needs the right input to develop, the right stimulation of each sense and all senses together. This means every child needs a life rich in terms of carefully chosen experiences and activities. To provide for this need does not cost a ton of money. But it is quite possible that the close relationship between social standing of a family and success of the children of a family is not due to lack of money, but due to lack of an environment with positive stimulation.
My personal suspicion is that the huge difference in education and life success between children coming from different social environments has not so much to do with lack of money for expensive food and clothing, but is to a very large degree driven by the exposure or lack of exposure to positive social experiences and stimulation of the senses.
There can be no excuse not to spend 4 minutes of your time for this video, if you are living with small children or plan to have a child on your own.