As a parent, I know how a baby’s puppy eyes would immediately get you to buy all the toys in the world for them. But as sad as it may sound, that’s not exactly what they need, according to EXPERTS. They claim that what matters the most to our kids is to go on vacation, experience new things. This helps to boost your kid’s brain development.
Child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland stated that getting your child exposed to different experiences during their childhood will improve their brain development.
In an article, she wrote: “This is because on a family holiday you are exercising two genetically ingrained systems deep in the brain’s limbic area, which can all too easily be “unexercised” in the home. These are the PLAY system and the SEEKING system.”
As Sunderland continued to explain, she states:
“The brain’s PLAY system is exercised every time you bury your child’s feet in the sand, tickle them on the pool lounger, or take them for a ride on your back. The brain’s SEEKING system is exercised each time you go exploring together: the forest, the beach, a hidden gem of a village.”
Did you know that the kids’ front lobe is responsible for cognitive functioning, problem-solving, memory, language, emotional expression, and judgment? The often the kid uses this part of the brain the better it becomes.
Once your kid is exposed to a new environment their seeing system gets activated. It’s called the SEEKING and PLAYING system. The child will explore for the first time and would try to spend time outside the comforts of their home which activates the SEEKING AND PLAYING SYSTEM, which makes the brain release neurochemicals such as oxytocin dopamine, and opioids. These neurotransmitters make the kid feel good, happy, close in relationships and help relieve stress levels.
As crazy as it may sound, spending time with your loved ones, providing them with time to play with you will benefit their brain development in the long run. In The Journal Of Social And Personal, Relationships states that a study from 2017 claims, spending time with the ones you love makes them feel wanted and loved.
Researchers asked 495 women and men between the ages of 18 and 93 to fill out a survey to evaluate what makes them feel loved. There were 60 questions in total.
“Most people feel loved when…”
And to no one’s surprise, it wasn’t gifts that made them happy. It was rather being with the person you love.
One of the researchers, Dr. Zita Oravecz said in a statement: “Our research found that micro-moments of positivity, like a kind word, cuddling with a child, or receiving compassion make people feel most loved.”
Stop emptying your pockets for toys right away. Pack up your bags every other Friday so you can spend your weekend somewhere out of home. It’s actually not only good for the kids, but it’s beneficial for you too. As parents, we go through a lot of stress. It’s time to take a break from toys and get somewhere nice with your kids.
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