Did you know a child’s impulse to stomp feet, throw punches, or fling their arms in frustration is actually the brain’s last ditch effort to get their brain back into integration? In his book, The Whole Brain Child, Dr. Daniel Siegel uses the example of an Upstairs Brain and Downstairs Brain.When a child is using his Upstairs Brain he:+ thinks before he speaks and acts+ is in control of his body and actions+ can focus and problem solve+ can see other perspectives (depending on age)+ feels like he can get things doneWhen they “flip their lid” the Downstairs Brain literally takes over and he:+ acts and speaks before he thinks+ is not in control of his body or actions+ is unable to focus or problem solve+ only sees his immediate immediate from his perspective + feels stressed and out of control Dr. Siegel says, “If your child loses touch with his upstairs brain, help him regain balance by having him move his body. Doing a few jumping jacks or running around the yard can directly affect his brain chemistry. Exercise allows him to work through some of his emotions in a healthy way, allowing him to focus on other things afterward. When we change our physical state—through movement or relaxation, for example—we can change our emotional state.”See it in Action: Ezra is 5 and lost touch with his Upstairs Brain earlier today. He’s been taught about brain regulation and came up with his own special jump to help reset his brain.Work with your kids: Help them understand how their brain works. The Whole Brain Child has scripts and stories for talking to your children.Then help them come up with big movement that works for them!Get The Whole Brain Child here: (That’s my Amazon recommended reading affiliate link!)

Posted by Flourishing Homes & Families on Friday, April 26, 2019

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