I have a brain teaser for you! Why is it that we have more knowledge than ever before about what is best for a child's brain development .... and yet these are not the experiences of so many young children?
85% of the brain physically develops in the first 5 years of life. This development is primarily dependent on healthy and positive experiences to create optimal brain function, overall success, well being and happiness in life.
Advances in science continually provide new research to demonstrate what growing brains need most. This information is very exciting and extremely valuable. Previous to technical advances, scientists were not able to study active brains. Early brain development was based on behavioral studies and theories. This scientific evidence has been available for over 25 years and should be making a remarkable difference for all children. However, this is not yet the case. It is still a minority of adults that are aware of the basics of early brain development and the extraordinary opportunity we have.
Additionally, economists are working to create this awareness. There are numerous reports that demonstrate how a focus on early brain development is exceedingly cost beneficial. Developing a healthy brain during the early years and preventing problems makes much more sense than paying for the consequences later.
Another aspect that makes all of this extremely perplexing is that we have easy access to more information than ever before.This is provided through journals, websites, blogs, webinars, e-books, etc. There is no end to a wealth of knowledge and support for everyone that cares about young children.
So …How can we get EVERYONE to understand the importance and the impact of the early years? We know what children need most for optimal development, but too frequently children are experiencing just the opposite. Too many children are not getting the healthy foods they need for their brain to function, are pushed toward academics too early, are living in harsh or chaotic environments and/or over scheduled lives, have little exposure to nature, lack physical activity opportunities, babies spend great amounts of time in carriers and experience less touch, and toddlers are spending time with screens instead of playing with real objects and learning in the way the brain develops best.
The wonderful news is that there are numerous and dedicated individuals, organizations and agencies working and sharing to create the critical understanding that children need safe, predictable, nurturing relationships, healthy environments and nutrition. They also promote, how children need opportunities to play, move, experience nature and learn through exploring. I am extremely anxious for this to be common knowledge... but even more importantly... common practice!!
We can no longer simply wait for the critical understanding of early brain development to be fully realized…. We need to MAKE it happen NOW!!
All of us who care about children need to come together to create, a world of difference! We simply need to continue to share information in a variety of ways until early brain development becomes commonly understood and implemented for ALL children!
“If we truly want to create a world of difference for children, it will happen through a common vision, shared knowledge, and dedicated hearts coming together with an intense desire to make change actually happen!”
The children are counting on us! You will be a part of making this incredibly needed difference for the children in your own life and for children everywhere!
THE CHILDREN THANK YOU!!!
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