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Neuroplasticity

Neuro.....what?!

Neuroplasticity is a huge word! It might be a little intimidating to say,  and you may wonder if you really want to teach your kids about it. I promise you do! It will make a big difference if your kids can understand this superpower our brains have.

The other day my 3 year old did not want to go to karate. He usually LOVES karate, so this was confusing! When I asked him why he didn't want to go, he said, "Because I don't know how to do karate." These feelings of uncertainty and inadequacy start young! In times like this, it's important to understand neuroplasticity and how our brains can change with repetition.

The Brain's Ability To Make New Connections

Neuroplasticity is your brain's ability to make new connections. Your brain is built with billions of neurons. Neurons are cells that transmit information to other neurons, muscle, and glands. As you perform certain things over and over again, you build neuropathways in your brain. The more you do the same thing, the easier it will become. Practice makes perfect (or at least progress)! When you do or think a new thing, your actions and thoughts activate neurons. Then, these neurons build a new pathway so it is easier for your brain to do and think the same things again. At first the pathway is small. The more you practice the new thing or think the new thought, the bigger and faster your path gets. The more you repeat the action or thought, the easier it is to perform it. 

Have you ever driven home from somewhere, and when you got home wondered how you got there? Do you have to think too hard about how to brush your teeth, get dressed, or ride a bike? You have done some of these things thousands of times. As a result, your brain knows exactly what to do, and you can do it on autopilot. These are examples of how neuroplasticity works. 

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Everybody's Brain is Plastic!

Neuroplasticity at any age

Have you ever heard the saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks"? It's not true! Scientists used to think that only children have neuroplastic brains. Children's brains are  more neuroplastic than adult brains, but scientists are finding that everyone's brains are neuroplastic at every age.

This is really good news. It means that if you want to learn a new skill, you can. Have you ever had the thought that because you don't have experience in something you can't learn it? Have you ever thought it was too late for you because you didn't learn something when you were a kid? TI know I have! he only thing stopping you is yourself. Because of neuroplasticity, your brain is perfectly capable of learning a new skill, and even excelling at something new. 

How Knowing About Neuroplasticity Can Help You Train Your Brain

Neurons making connections

How is knowing about neuroplasticity helpful for empowering yourself and your children? It's the same as with any skill. The more you practice thinking positive thoughts, the more you will have them.

As you and your children use the empowerment tools taught in the Our Thoughts Are Like Seeds Program you will start to build new neuropathways in your brains. The key to taking advantage of neuroplasticity is consistency. If you are consistent about doing these simple activities, thinking positive thoughts will become automatic with time. It really is amazing what taking just a few minutes each day can do for both you and your kids. 

Neuroplasticity is Like Building A Road

Neuroplasticity is lesson 2 in the Our Thoughts are Like Seeds Program . We learn that it is like building roads. When you first try something new, the pathway is bumpy, but if you practice enough you can build a super highway that is fast and smooth. The Neuroplasticity lesson is filled with fun activities, analogies, and stories that make learning and applying the information easy and fun. 

These lessons can be given in just 5-10 minutes a day with little preparation. All you need to do is make sure you have the supplies needed. Usually the lessons provide everything you need, but every once in awhile you will need a simple household item. The rest is done for you!