It must be her previous nursing background that makes this section one of Keyuri's favorites. After reading it, she hopes parents will recognize the incredible power they have to impact and even sculpt their child's developing brain! Since we can't change nature, let's maximize the potential of nurture! The sooner this is done, the better!
As parents, we focus on our children's physical growth because we can see it. We feed them healthy foods and buy them bigger clothes. What are we doing to accommodate our children's growing brains? Though we cannot see it, new circuits are growing and connecting in your child's brain on a daily basis. This is called neuroplasticity, and it takes place constantly until your child reaches adulthood.
Brain science tells us that neuroplasticity is affected by a child's day-to-day environment. This means that everything a child is exposed to will impact her developing brain. For example research asserts that children who are taught how to calm down during anxiety have stronger circuits in their brain for handling stress. Simultaneously, if a child is exposed to frequent negativity or criticism, her brain will have stronger circuits to undermine her confidence or ability.
Harmony in the home, effective communication styles, and healthy family relationships are some of the basics that that a certified coach can help parents to cultivate in their child's day to day environment, but there is more. Parents can learn to communicate in ways that teach their children life long skills about emotional awareness, positive thinking, and problem solving. To learn more about building your child's "brain power", contact Keyuri for a complimentary consultation.
When you kiss your child's forehead you would do well to remember that their prefrontal cortex is right behind it! Day to day childhood experiences can greatly influence this area of the brain that is responsible for executive function. Some of the things it controls are:
- Grasping new ideas and learning new behaviors
- Personality expression
- Regulating appropriate social behavior
- Decision making and problem solving
- Anticipating consequences
- Suppressing urges
- Determining good/bad, right/wrong, better/best etc.
- Bringing internal goals to reality
These are just some of the skills of emotional and social intelligence! By emotion coaching a child, parents can actually sculpt the brain to learn and use these lifelong skills. Since this area of the brain is particularly influenced from childhood experiences, the sooner a parent starts the better. If you are interested in developing positive daily experiences and incorporating emotion-coaching skills in to your parenting style, contact Keyuri for a complimentary session.