Did you know that the average person has 60,000 thoughts a day and that 95% of those thoughts are the same? Basically, we are all creatures of habit, routine and fixed thinking.
The same thoughts equal the same neural pathways in our brains and when we repeat certain behaviours, thoughts and feelings, the neural connections associated with them become hard wired. Just like a well-trodden pathway in the forest. The more you repeat these habits and thinking, the more it limits your view of the world, yourself and your children.
Scientists used to think the brain was ‘fixed’ and couldn’t be changed. However, through research into the science of Neuroplasticity we now know that the brain is in a constant state of change and it has become clear that by altering our thinking we can create a different ‘reality’ or new neural pathways.
There have even been some amazing results with children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD who have overcome educational obstacles by reorganizing their brains through cognitive programs.
So how can these new finding influence the way we raise our children?
The most important years for the growing the brain are from birth to age 6. This is when parents are in a position of influence and can awaken their children’s sense of curiosity and wonder.
Children are naturally curious but it often gets squashed because they are either told to be quiet or to stop asking questions!
Spend some quality time with your children and encourage them to be curious and explore – it will create more neural pathways in their brains and increase their creativity. Here are some great questions to get them thinking!
- What makes the sky blue?
- Which animal has made those tracks?
- How many fish do you think are in that creek?
- What are the colours of the rainbow?
- Do you know a new game we can play?
- What makes you happy?
- What is your favourite thing to do?
- If you were an animal what would you be?
- What makes you laugh?
- If you woke up tomorrow with a superpower, what would it be?
- If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
- What is your favourite song?
- What is love?
- If your pet could talk, what would it say?
- What is the greatest thing about being you?