How to This is how child development works, how to activate...

This is how child development works, how to activate their full potential?

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Humans are the only living beings capable of continuing to grow internally throughout life. The connection with children helps us to continue evolving.

Each child invites us to reconnect with life. The relationship between parents and children is a mystery worth discovering and that allows us to continue maturing and acquiring the human qualities of self-reflection, empathy and truly interconnected thinking.

WHAT DOES OUR ABILITY TO GROW NEED IN ORDER NOT TO STOP?

According to modern neurological research, during the first 24 years of life, a person goes through various ’embryonic stages’ until they become an adult.

Until then, if circumstances are favorable, it interacts with the world spontaneously, that is, driven by its internal development program. Especially the sensorimotor interactions of the hands, accompanied by language, are creating neurological connections at different levels that are essential to think logically and interconnectedly and to achieve self-reflection and empathy.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: A PROCESS THAT BEGINS BEFORE BIRTH

New research indicates that the fertilization and acceptance of the fertilized egg in the mother’s womb involves complex decision-making processes already at the biological level.

The fetus grows in an intimate relationship with the electromagnetic waves of the mother’s heart, and secondly, with those of the father, because these waves are still measurable at three meters around an adult body.

If the mother’s environment causes stress to the fetus, its posterior neurological zones, which are the equipment for self-defense, are strengthened, and this at the cost of the frontal lobe, so important for its future human development.

After birth, the growth of the frontal lobe depends on the attention, love and respect that it receives, in the first instance, from the mother, with whom the child has very special emotional ties.

Especially in intimate family relationships, it is critical that parents learn to distinguish between the times when the child depends on their undivided attention and collaboration with their survival needs, and that they also meet them with love and respect.

On the other hand, they should also be able to recognize situations in which already a very young child is interacting with the external world autonomously, that is, motivated from within by their authentic developmental needs.

Parents facing this challenge will be in an ongoing decision-making process that parallels their child’s. And if they dedicate themselves to preparing the ideal environments for each stage of development, and to accompany the child with the heart and mind without directing it from the outside, the child’s frontal lobe connects with all the neurological structures that are being formed in their organism, and gives them the benefit of a true human quality.

Around the age of 15, the frontal lobe will undergo a new physiological growth that will allow the intellectual development of the young person to be fully integrated into their individuality, opening the way for social relationships of love and respect.

This process depends on a fluid interrelation between the frontal lobe of the cerebral cortex, the amygdala located in the limbic system, and the heart, which, according to new research, is made up of more than 50% neuronal cells.

Parents who accompany their active children in various situations can even restructure their own childhood by making decisions at all levels. For example, a young child who gets angry for no apparent reason touches us on our own latent anger and gives us the opportunity to calm down in everyday situations, without isolating ourselves from real life.

And as children grow, they invite us to reflect on their stages of development and to differentiate between authentic and substitute needs.

APPLYING THE THEORY: WHAT DO WE NEED TO CREATE AN EDUCATIONAL PROJECT?

In a respectful educational environment, we can ensure that this natural development occurs in children with the loving accompaniment of their parents.

But, of course, the implications for pursuing this goal are really complex.

  • At a material level, this implies a solidarity economy among the project participants, as well as solving specific problems through community work.
  • On an ecological level, it implies using natural materials in buildings, practicing organic agriculture and having a health-friendly approach to life.
  • At the human level, it is about getting in tune with the ecology of human development, whose regularities we all have in common, regardless of our origin, as well as abandoning all structures of authority and power among us.

This is the central point of our educational project, and the one behind the philosophy of The Sleeping Lion.

MindFixes Staffhttp://mindfixes.com
MindFixes is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and advocating, educating, and serving all people with mental and substance use conditions. MindFixes is determined to persevere, learn, grow, love and laugh through our wellness journey and we invite all to join.

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