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Parenting is tough. Even when you do your best, you can still fail to achieve the desired outcome. But understanding how your child’s brain develops and forms neural connections can help.

For starters, your child’s brain has way more pathways than yours does. They learn everything and make connections early on, and as they age the unused connections disappear. Our brains speak different languages than our children's’ brains. By the age of three, your child’s brain is almost as large as it will ever get, though neural development continues forever. From ages 4 through 10, a child’s brain is twice as active as an adult’s.

Learn the basics of how the brain forms from this helpful infographic. If you don’t lose your neural connections you will lose them, but you can always get them back. Read through to learn more about the mysterious ways in which the brain forms and functions.