• Parents have a tremendous impact on raising a child with a healthier brain. Building up a habit of using positive parenting tools enables children to grow up with greater confidence, motivation, self-esteem and resilience.
Summary of how to build a healthier brain:
• Understand that the babies brain is soaking up information all the time. Model behaviors you want them to adopt.
• Know that brains are immature - the emotional part develops first, with the logical part developing throughout the child's life. Parents can help their children learn to understand and manage their feelings when they can give them words. Also important for parents to model self-regulation. How do they handle a bad day?
• Looking for - and most importantly - acknowledging positive behaviors. When do they try hard? When are they curious, focussed, etc?