Secret Superpowers For Parenting
Understanding the role of brain chemicals in parenting is like having a secret recipe for a delicious cake. You know that adding just the right amount of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins will create a perfect blend that will make your child happy and well-adjusted.
It's like being a chemist, but instead of creating potions, you're creating a happy, healthy child. So, if your child is feeling down, you can sprinkle some serotonin on them like fairy dust, and voila! Instant happiness.
Then when it comes to discipline, you can use the power of endorphins to your advantage. Maybe you tell your child that cleaning their room will release endorphins and make them feel like they've just run a marathon (okay, maybe not that extreme, but you get the idea).
Let's not forget about the bonding magic of oxytocin. It's like a love potion that brings you and your child closer together. So, give them a big hug and feel the oxytocin flow!
The boost of energy that keeps them going is dopamine. You can offer praise, rewards, and positive feedback to trigger the release of dopamine and motivate your child to keep pushing themselves.
Overall, understanding brain chemicals in parenting is like having a secret superpower. You can harness the power of these chemicals to create a happy, healthy, and well-adjusted child. And who doesn't want that?
If you want to learn more about these super-powers of parenting, the author is holding a parenting workshop called BRAINS in Queenstown, New Zealand tomorrow. Book your spot to attend here.
Victoria Jenkins is the brain-based educator at Brain Essentials. She is an author, presenter, primary educator and brain-based specialist who creates resources for busy parents. These include My Amazing Brain, The Calm Collection, Inspirational Art Prints and online and in-person parenting events.