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Understanding your child's brain development

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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. It’s really important to stimulate your child’s brain early in life to help him or her form as many neural pathways as possible. They form rapidly in early childhood but tend to thin out in adulthood. Proper brain stimulation can ensure your child has enough neural pathways to spare into adulthood.

It’s sometimes difficult to relate to a child, thought you may not fully understand why. Your child’s brain works completely differently from yours and has completely different priorities. 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. Understanding these processes can help parents to understand just how important it is to provide adequate stimulation to your child as he or she grows and matures.

Learn the basics of how the brain forms from this helpful infographic. Understanding how the brain forms is the first step in ensuring your child develops properly. If you don’t lose your neural connections you will lose them, but you can always get them back. Your brain doesn’t form fully until the age of 25, so it’s important to keep the neural stimulation going. It’s also not a coincidence that’s the age your car insurance rates drop. Read through to learn more about the mysterious ways in which the brain forms and functions.