Helping Children Become Successful in Future: Brain Power

It should be differentiated that brain power is not the possession of knowledge. Brain power is a measure of function and ability. The greater a child’s brain power, the more quickly and easily they learn new information. Sharper minds can process this information more rapidly and more creatively. They are also better with problem solving tasks. A child with greater brain power will have a higher potential for future success than a child that merely possesses academic knowledge.

“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. ” – Sherlock Holmes, in A Study in Scarlet.

Like Sherlock Holmes, I believe that it is important to fill your child’s mind with “good furniture”. And just as he points out – the brain can only fit so much before it overflows and the rest is lost. However, I disagree with Holmes’ limited representation of the mind because I believe that we can enlarge the brain’s container to make it capable of housing more.

Just as a muscle grows larger and stronger with exercise, with brain training, the brain becomes sharper and more powerful. Brain training to a mind is akin to an upgrade of a computer with a new processor and more memory – it makes it capable of doing more, faster.

We all know the benefits of exercising to keep our bodies healthy. We also know that exercising our brains as we age helps to keep them sharp and delay the onset on brain degeneration. Similarly, children are also encouraged to exercise to keep their bodies healthy, so why not exercising their brains for brain health? Brain exercises have been shown to be beneficial for children with learning difficulties and other brain dysfunctions, therefore, we can expect that children with normal brain development can also benefit from brain exercise.

Areas of the Brain that can be developed:

More Brain Training Resources:

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

4 thoughts on “Helping Children Become Successful in Future: Brain Power

  1. Hi. I would like to teach mannerism to my kids. I remembered sometime back you had introduced this series of books by Joy berry; Help me be good . Do you think this  series set really could help in explaining and teaching toddler about the values of good behaviour? I would like to get this box set from book depository, but looking at the price I am taken aback and instead would like to have your advise is there any other alternative books that you could recommend? Or you do think that is worth the price to pay for joy berry box set. Please kindly advise
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Adeline,

      We bought them second hand from eBay and my son really likes reading them. It’s good because it’s simple and they give examples as well as scenarios. You can make up your own stories and talk specifically about manners, but I find having the books gives my son a chance to read about it before we talk about it further. It also makes it more interesting rather than just having me rattle on about an abstract behaviour.

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  2. Thanks for ur response. I had search some on eBay for used ones.as for yrs is the used condition acceptable? I noticed that some are selling the used ones which are printed in 1988 n cost me around usd 70 for 29 books. How about yours?
    Could you recommend me a good book to read for bringing up toddler. I know u had recommended many books in ur earlier post, but I just can’t decide which to pick. My boy is 3.5 yr n my baby is 4mth now I need some books to help. Thanks

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    1. Hi Adeline,

      Sounds about right, except I think I paid about USD 90 for my books which were “like new”. They were a bit dusty because they were probably kept in a store room but other than that, mostly okay.

      I really like the series of books by Pat Thomas but I feel she doesn’t cover as many topics. I like the flow of her stories better than the Help me Be Good series but since I’d already bought Joy Berry’s books, I only got the topics I didn’t have. Sometimes I also use stories from other books that I can extrapolate and explain the message myself.

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