It is a joyous moment when parents get to have a new baby. Children grow which means parents will have to teach them a few things such as using the potty and saying thank you. These and many other habits help to direct your child towards a successful future. The question still remains, how many parents have considered the importance of love in the growth and development of their kids’ brains?
In order to understand how important it is to know what your child thinks about love and how one can practice love in ways that will allow them to lead a balanced life, you need to keep reading.
More love for your children, increases the size of their brains
As a parent, it is important to know that when you display love to your children, it helps to increase the capacity of their brains as well as promote happy family life.
Being an expert and lover of neuroscience (a field related to brain behavior and learning) and attachment (the process of nurturing and bonding), I am currently blown away especially by the last decade of research. The research has supported love or the absence of it as the most important factor in the successful development of a child’s well-being.
The more you show love to your children especially through hugs, kisses, smiles, unconditional positive regard, by being interested in them, through family based play and other activities, it helps the kids’ brains to grow bigger.
Apart from the basic needs such as food, happy family life, water and housing, love and nurturing has been found to help in building the pathway to our children’s future happiness and survival. Humans are the fittest species therefore the size of their brain when compared to others species positively relates to the human ability of procreating successfully. The brain has the ability to grow especially in response to love therefore its seen as a way of keeping humans banded together against intruders and other forms of danger.
The human brain is wired for love
Since we are familiar with the fact that the human brain is wired for love, the way we communicate with our children contributes to their overall success.
Research has shown that speaking to your children about what and how they think helps to increase verbal ability, emotional understanding and social relatedness.
As a parent, one can seek the understanding of what is going on inside a child by being able to share non-judgmental observations about the most important thing in their lives. Other ways include having a conversation about how you feel, allowing your children to ask questions on topics they find hard to understand and giving them space in order to allow them to figure things out on their own.
The type of bonding brought about by communication helps to lead the child in internalizing a sense of acceptance, confidence and the ability to solve problems successfully. Therefore if love can change the brain for the future, then love can change the world. It’s time to try it out.