Speaking about raising Kids today, I would like to highlight a few facts. These have to do with brain power.
The brain is an amazing part of the body that controls all our actions, voluntary or involuntary, from reasoning to actions.
The frontal lobe of the brain is the centre of reasoning for everyone. The place where decisions are made.
Influencing a child’s reasoning influences the effects of whatever training such a child undergoes. Therefore, promoting brain functioning at the highest possible level for that child directly affects the child’s intelligence and reasoning.
There are several things that influence brain development in a child. We will discuss a few of those in this post.
The first is entertainment.
Children always crave entertainment. Most times they find a way of entertaining themselves with pretend play, games, sports and other activities depending on Thier age. Parents too seem to be stretched to Thier limit trying to find harmless entertainment for Thier children and many have resorted to television programming.
Unfortunately while it is convenient, it is not ideal and is even harmful to young Children’s brain development.
The tenets and ideas transferred to children through many seemingly harmless television programs are in a majority of cases overtly or subtly negative.
More often than not children are exposed to violence, revenge, sexual activities, rude speech and actions, bullying, use of firearms and explosives. These things are present even in child centered programs like cartoons.
Aside from content, sitting in front of the television for hours reduces the child’s opportunity to learn and explore therefore reducing opportunities to develop the brain.
Hours in from of the TV directly reduces the functioning of children’s brain and makes them less intelligent and less willing to think and read.
Avoid digital media for toddlers younger than 18 to 24 months other than video chatting. For children 18 to 24 months, watch digital media with them because they learn from watching and talking with you. Limit screen use for preschool children, ages 2 to 5, to just 1 hour a day of high-quality programming.May 1, 2018Recomendation from American Academy of Pediatricians
This also plays a major role in developing the brain of a child.
The saying ” You are what you eat” is one of my favourite quotes.
Healthy brain is not possible without healthy food. A child’s diet should be balanced and not be determined by the child’s taste but by the parents knowledge. There are certain food to avoid and these include Sugar, artificially sweetened beverages, excessive amount of salt, processed foods and foods that are too spicy.
In a separate post we will talk about feeding children but let me just highlight some good brain food for your child.
Oats, nuts ( peanut especially if your child has no allergies to it), green vegetables, beans, eggs ( in moderation), soy and soy products, whole grains ( not refined), and a variety of fruits.
In the next post we will explore things you can actually do ( not just the don’ts) to boost your child’s brain power.
“A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice, but as yet unstained.” – Lyman Abbott