Mind vs Brain – Made easy for Parents

Mind and Brain are often construed complex and interpreted differently.

Parents need not be Psychologist or behavioral experts to know their children inside out. But they should be aware of the basic differences between these two at an elementary level and view them hand to hand for the child’s overall growth.

The brain is one of the important organs that has a physical presence, unlike mind which cannot be seen. While brain, which is roughly around 350-400 grams when a child is born (adult brain weighs 1300-1400 grams), it contains millions of neurons, but there is no metric for the mind to be quantified as on date.

It must be interesting to note that the brain is not just the expert at thinking but it also carries some important functions such as planning, strategizing, analysis and management. It is further divided into LHS and RHS brain. On the other hand, mind represents spontaneous emotions, which is nothing but flow and experience of feelings.

So when a child is born, the mind doesn’t have the inbuilt differentiating capability, it is the brain in the child that upheld the distinction between good-bad, sin-virtue etc.

What we show to kids, what we make them hear and what we make them feel gets imprinted, sometimes permanently, in the mind. It is the brain that decides what gets registered in mind as for right and wrong.

Unfortunately, in many cases, some early teachings by people around are so deeply ingrained during child’s initial growth stages that it is hard to change the perceptions at a later stage even at adulthood.

So, it is very important for we as parents to be very conscious about what, when, where, why, and how we speak with our kids. Because the child listens, sees, feels and displays pure reflection of what has been fed to him in the given surroundings and circumstances.

The natural principle holds true in this case as well– What you sow is what you reap.

It will be worth to refresh that the mind gets its information feed from five primary sources and these are our sense organs, eyes, ear, skin, nose, and tongue

The visual or spatial style refers to the preference of learning based on images, pictures, colors, etc that help the child communicating with other by mapping and organizing data.

In the case of auditory learning style, the child depends heavily on hearing and speaking as a main way of learning.

Kinesthetic or tactile learning style is where a child learns by participating in physical activities (practicals) rather than listening to lectures watching demonstrations.

Olfactory learning style refers using the sense of smell while gustatory refers to the sense of taste to enhance learning and retention.

If we were to talk about the utility of the brain, it is a very useful human organ that is used as a tool to analyze, identify needs, imagine and memorize.The brain has the power to decide whether or not it wants to live in the emotions that flow from the mind. But it also crushes all those emotions which it thinks are not of immediate benefit to the individual.

There exists a need to balance the brain and fine-tune it with the mind to make the life happy and successful for your child.

Children, inherently learn new things by perceiving information and experience by adapting mostly Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic learning styles in almost all majorities of the cases.

But how to identify what combination is the best learning style for your kid and more specifically how does your child’s learning system work?

Well, there are different tools and methods to correctly identify child’s learning system and build there upon. Edu Walkers Lifeskills Development Centre does precisely this. In addition, various skill development programs and brain stimulation program are also conducted by Edu Walkers help you to explore more into the unique and individual potential of your child. Please get in touch with the team now to know more.

In my next article, I will briefly touch upon how parents can benefit by understanding the powers of the left side and right side of the child’s brain.

Regards, Anand Kumbhare

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