The Early Years Count

You hear it all the time.  It almost sounds like a child’s brain is pretty much ‘done’ by the time they are three.  But the early years really do count!

Read all about it in ‘The brain that changes itself’ by Norman Doidge.  In simple terms, it talks about when we are young we have a chemical freely available in our brain that makes it almost impossible NOT to learn.  Children don’t have to try and they will absorb information.  But, there is a point when this wonder chemical isn’t around anymore.  This is when we have to PAY ATTENTION to learn.  Only when we pay attention, does the chemical reappear, which makes learning that bit harder.

And this is why there is a ‘critical period’ for things like learning a second language (and also your first!), developing a variety of tastes and textures in food, to know and regulate our emotions and many other important skills we pick up in childhood.  Not to mention, a perfect chance to get to know and understand our children, become role models for them and develop relationships to last a lifetime.

This is why it’s so important to make the early years count.  Many posts to come will keep coming back to this point!

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About heidelightful

Hello friend! I am a paediatric speech pathologist and health coach. My vision is to create a world where parents can understand the real link between diet and their child's health and behaviour, and know how to create true health for their family. My two young, wonderful and sensitive sons both have food intolerances and have also taught me about my own, that I have never known about until now! Topics I have looked into for my own family's health and also from my role as a speech pathologist with children with picky eating are food intolerances, fussy eaters, creating healthy eaters and eating to prevent and ‘cure’ childhood issues such as ADHD, autism, eczema/skin issues, trouble sleeping, low immunity, frequent snot/ear infections and bedwetting, to name a few. I write many posts coming from being an exhausted mum trying to keep up with fussy boys who can only eat certain foods and also as a professional who has worked with other children with similar issues. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my husband and two boys and was previously an exchange student in Brazil! I hope to inspire you to help your child achieve their potential through health and well-being. Thanks for stopping by :) Heidi

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