The million dollar question we need to answer is “What is best for my child?”
If we know what children need to be successful in this world, then we can identify what they child need for their optimal development
There are two things every person needs to become successful. They are:
We want our child to be self-confident and to be confident when interacting with others. We want our child to persevere, even when the going gets tough.
2 - Intelligence on all levels
- Intellectual intelligence, (e.g. ability to read and write)
- Emotional intelligence (e.g. people skills like communication, empathy, compassion, etc.)
- Attentional intelligence (Making choices what to focus on. The ability to concentrate)
- Spiritual intelligence (We realise that there is more than the eye perceives and we work with Universal Laws)
Which part of the body do we have to stimulate so that our pre-schooler builds confidence and intelligence? Many people believe that it is the brain.
This is not true. We need the whole body! Let me explain why.
The biggest challenge for a pre-school child is to master the use of the body. When we give a child the opportunity to move and explore and so push its own boundaries, the child becomes comfortable in its own skin. That builds confidence! The child learns to trust his or herself and thinks:
- “I got this”
- “I can do this, even if I don’t get it right the first time”
- "I can figure this out"
Our role as a parent is to teach our children how to be safe while taking risks. We achieve this by telling them what to do, instead of what not to do. For example. Instead of saying “Don’t climb on the jungle gym”, tell your child, “Make sure that it always has a good grip with either two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand.” Or when they are walking and you are afraid they will trip, just say “Look where you are going.” of “Hold on to the railing when you go down the stairs”, etc. This type of communication also builds confidence, because we are not blocking the child in their choices, so they learn to trust their choices and their body.
We have a conscious and subconscious mind (in this article I include the unconscious and super conscious all in the subconscious)
Our conscious mind can process 40 pieces of information per second. Do you know how much the subconscious mind can process? 40,000,000. In other words the subconscious is one million times more powerful than the conscious mind.
If we want our child to be intelligent, we want to teach our child to use the conscious mind to tap into and subconscious mind in order to access all that information that is stored there.
How can we develop our intelligence?
How do we develop the communication between the conscious and subconscious minds?
Our subconscious mind communicates with us through subtle hunches, tension in muscles, intuition, imagination etc. When children play, and especially with free play, they become very aware of their bodies, their imagination is stimulated and they can follow their intuition on what to do next.
For intelligence, we need nerve cells and they need to communicate with each other. Movement and especially gross motor movement stimulates the forming of new nerve cells! It also stimulates the communication between nerve cells, which promotes the development of nerve nets.
The gross motor movement is also very important, because it builds strength in the arms and torso, which is needed to support fine muscle control. For example if a child struggles to sit up straight because of low muscle tone, it will struggle with writing and hand-eye coordination as well.
We ensure our child thrives, by giving it our undivided attention. Undivided means, spending time with our child, without doing something else, like being on the phone, texting, social media, etc. When we give our child our undivided attention, we give them the message “You are important to me” That is a great confidence booster. If we give our child our undivided attention and talk with the child, that is great for the development of their intelligences, especially their emotional intelligence.
Many children didn't get enough movement while growing up, which lead to developmental gaps. Thes can cause ADD, ADHD, learning Blocks, reading difficulties, behavioural problems, etc. These gaps can be filled. with Brain Gym®. When you learn it as a parent and/or teacher they Neuro Integration Movements, then you can do it with the child daily. You can also bring your child forconsultations to address your specific issues
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