Parents sense something special about their babies from the beginning. This kid has something amazing going on in there! S/he is really smart– may not be able to show it, yet, but it’s in there! It’s a magical feeling.
I am writing this blog because I want to tell parents—you are absolutely right! Your baby is a genius and there are many simple things you can do to develop your ability to recognize and cultivate the individual genius that lies within your child.
I’m concerned about how many parents lose their grip on this recognition of their child’s genius once he goes off to school. Since the initial development of schools to the present day, our school system has not been focused on the goal of helping children become their best selves. It has not been designed to make great use of children’s natural learning drives.
So, while we all try to figure out how to transform our school system, I would like to help parents know how to best help their child manifest his brilliance, so he can make the most of any experience.
Babies are born with remarkable intelligence and there is lot of evidence to prove it! Exciting research is being produced every day about the genius of babies.
It is amazing to learn how human babies are born ready to learn and develop the skills human beings need. This is the reason babies’ brain activity is much greater than our own—they are building knowledge and skills right and left in the early years!
We all know that babies and young children learn language much more efficiently than adults. Young babies also have rudimentary understanding of numbers and volume. They love physics experiments and social science experiments. (Think about it a minute.)
And babies who are too young to have learned about morality have an innate moral system. Babies also have systems in their brains specifically designed to help them learn perspective and empathy.
Science proves that BABIES HAVE MORE BRAIN ACTIVITY THAN ADULTS OR OLDER CHILDREN. A baby is born with over 100 billion neurons and builds connections between them rapidly, with experience. By age eight months, an infant has about 1,000 trillion synaptic connections in the brain. However, all people start specializing early on. While early development involves growth and building lots of connections, later brain development involves more “pruning.” In fact, by age 10, the number of synaptic connections is about half as many.
It may sound harsh that our unused brain connections get “pruned,” but it is necessary to streamline our brain processing, so that the remaining circuits work quickly and efficiently. It just doesn’t work for humans (or other animals, for that matter) to confront every experience as though it is new and equally important to every other experience!
Things we do and experience repeatedly result in brain connections and pathways being frequently used, and that results in greater skill in those areas of greater experience. On the other hand, those connections that are not frequently used tend to be pruned or discarded, allowing the more active connections to become stronger.
When it comes to the brain, just like with our muscles, there’s a “use it or lose it” principle at work.
There’s a LOT more going on in a baby’s head than we sometime realize! My blog is about the genius of babies (and young children) and the importance of letting them act and experience and learn and grow and become– well– themselves!
Please share a time when have you been amazed by the genius of a baby!
Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D., www.bornforbrilliance.com, 303-975-6103