Molding Your Child’s Brain
Out with the old and in with the new! That is going to be the new saying for your child and you. We are so fortunate to have access to wonderful scientific research that is helping break old beliefs. For years we believed that we all had limited capabilities. We were told that our brains were different and some of us possessed better abilities than others. As a result, we have been inclined to believe that we have limitations which determine what we can truly achieve in our lives.
The good news is that science has helped us break this belief. Great research has been conducted in the field of neuroplasticity, and as a result we now know that this simply is not true. In fact, we now know that we can mold our brains. To take it a step further, we can literally wire our brains for success and happiness. This is not just limited to adults, but children as well!
HOW DOES THIS WORK
In order to understand how powerful this really is we need to understand how it works. When we have a thought, we create neurological circuitries within our brain. Those thoughts then send a signal to another part of our brain which then elicits a chemical response to that thought. That chemical response then creates what we call a feeling or an emotion. Those feelings and emotions then create more thoughts that are in alignment with those feelings and emotions.
When the cycle is repeated continuously, the neurological circuitries that have been activated in our brain become deeply embedded. As they become deeply embedded, they create our subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind is our autopilot. It carries out 95% of our behavior. For example, when you walk you do not think consciously to put your left foot out, then your right foot, then your left foot, and so on.
All of the behavior in our subconscious mind is learned. As a result, we can train our brains to learn new things and ultimately ourselves to do new things. You could then say that we have the ability to create a new program that serves as our autopilot. Since we know this to be true, we can now apply it to our daily lives. More importantly, we can implement this in the lives of our children, so they can do or be anything they desire.
HOW DOES THE CHANGE HAPPEN
If we know that our subconscious mind is created from behaviors we have learned and habits we have formed, then how are we able to make changes in the subconscious mind? First, we have to understand how the neurological circuitries are created in our brain. When we have a series of thoughts and feelings, and repeat this cycle over and over, the neurological circuitries become embedded or glued in our brain.
This happens because of something called neural growth factor. Neural growth factor is like the glue or the adhesive that embeds these neurological circuitries in our brain. The reason we are able to change our subconscious mind, is because there is only so much neural growth factor in our brains.
So, when we began to create new neurological circuitries, they can only become deeply embedded through a two-step process. The first step is the consistent firing of these neurological circuitries. That is done by having the same thoughts and the same feelings repeatedly. This process activates the neurological circuitries consistently, thus making them stronger so they can be embedded.
The second step involves the neural growth factor. For these new circuitries to be embedded in your brain or in your child’s brain, they need neural growth factor. Since we mentioned that neural growth factor is limited, there is only one place they can get neural growth factor from, and that is from other neurological circuitries that are not active.
Therefore, with practice and patience, old neurological circuitries that create undesirable behaviors can be faded away in your brain. In turn, they can be replaced with new neurological circuitries that create the desired behaviors in your brain.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY CHILD
The good news is that this science can be applied to your child right now. By choosing what tools and skills you want your child to develop, you can seek out a program to create new neurological circuitries in their brain. Since children are growing, their brains are also growing. This means there is less reprogramming to do and simply just programming.
What is important, however, is to choose tools and skills that empower your child to follow their goals and dreams. By doing so at a young age, you provide them the opportunity to create the physiological make up to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. As parents, what more could we ask for?
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