Repetition – the key to healthy brains
Why do babies & toddlers seemingly never get bored of doing the same thing over, and over again?
In the first few years of life, millions of new neural pathways are being ‘fired and wired’ in their brains. It can be a little messy in there, taking more time and energy to reach the end goal.
Imagine trying to cut through a field of tall grass. It feels like wading through treacle as you fight your way through the long stems and you might get lost trying to reach the other side! But the more times you cut across the field, you begin to flatten the grass and wear a path making it quicker and easier to walk through.
Repeating an activity, sound or word over and over again treads a nice strong pathway in the brain which uses less time and energy.
So even if you think you’re being ‘boring’ or ‘lazy’ by doing the same thing again with your child, stop and remind yourself that you’re helping them to build strong connections in their brain.
Even visiting the same Coco's Moo Music once, twice or even three times a week, helps to build familiarity and strong connections in the brain.
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