It was once believed that the brain influenced the mind, but the mind could not influence the brain. But new developments in the area of neuroplasticity -- the ability of the brain to change in response to experience -- show otherwise. Sharon Begley, author of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves, says, "Yes, the brain can change, and that means we can change."
This means there is hope for even older people to reshape their brains through certain mental and physical activities. Children's brains, of course, are the most malleable of all. If you are interested in helping your children to sharpen their minds and train their brains, follow the steps listed below.
The mind becomes cloudy without adequate rest. Many studies have shown that children who are deprived of sleep perform significantly worse on standardized tests and other schoolwork. Make sure your children go to bed early enough that they can wake up on their own in the morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Physical fitness is not just good for the body, it sharpens the mind as well. Your children will benefit in many ways from beginning their day with physical exercise. Put on a fun dance work-out, do some simple yoga poses or take a jog around the block. Once they get in the habit, your children will enjoy starting their day with a burst of energy and you will too!
Studies show that children who eat a healthy breakfast do better academically and experience less behavioral problems in school. Fill your children up with brain foods like protein, fiber, whole grains, fruits and vegetables for sustained mental and physical energy throughout the day.
A high quality multi-vitamin can also increase your child's ability to focus mentally, as well as many other physical benefits to the growing body and immune system.
There are a variety of fun brain games that you and your children can play to sharpen your minds and train your brains:
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