THE BLOG
04/08/2013 01:04 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Nurtured Children Develop Healthy Brain Cells

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Twenty-five years ago it was believed that the brain's networks were in our genes and fixed for life.

Now we know that the brain's networks never stop changing and adjusting and that the environment plays a key role in influencing our ability to reorganize brain cells for learning and dealing with emotions.

We can foster positive brain development throughout our lives, especially with heightened levels of love and attention.

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Research conducted on children raised in orphanages that were poorly managed learned slowly, had difficulty problem solving, and often presented behavioral challenges.

The brain is vulnerable to stress, and chronic stress weakens brain cell connections. A high degree of stress also results in loss of brain cells.

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When these children were adopted into homes where the adults provided stimulating, nurturing, loving and stable environments the children's cognitive abilities increased.

The children were able to solve problems, their brains, process information at a faster rate and their social behavior improved.

We can change our brain cells and those of the children with whom we live and work!

What can be more nurturing than to make fun, easy creative meals together with your child? We nurture the relationship and feed their bodies.

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Talking with children and having fun preparing an amusing food plate works wonders for the brain.

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