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Brain Development: Helping Your Kids’ Mental Progress

April 22, 2016
Brain development

Many people wonder about the age when the brain is fully developed. In fact, this topic is extensively discussed today. Scientists used to believe that the brain develops until the age of 20. However, today experts admit that the brain continues to mature till the 30s. This fact means that young people cannot sometimes make the right decisions not only because they lack particular experience, but also because their brain hasn’t fully“grown up”yet.

When Is Brain Fully Developed?

Brain Development

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Many lances are still being broken over the question: at what age does the brain fully develop? Most experts consider that 25 is the answer. Of course, there are individual variations, and some people reach the brain maturity much earlier. It’s worth noting that major changes in brain development start during puberty and continue to happen between 18 and 25. That’s why some people have huge troubles with decision making and behavior planning when trying to set and reach some goal at this particular age frame. When adults are over 25, they are not so influenced by the peer’s opinion and find it much easier to cope with problems and important decisions.

Destructive Effect on Brain Development

There are several things that can negatively affect the normal brain development process. Sadly, people are exposed to various harmful factors and cannot always resist them. The most damaging issues are:

  • Binge drinking. Consuming alcohol drinks severely affects brain development. That’s why it is extremely important not to drink alcohol when the brain changes itself.
  • Chronic stress. Anxiety and stress disorganize the architecture of the maturing brain, that’s why it is critical to avoid stressful situations.
  • Poor diet. Daily ration influences the brain functions greatly. Lack of fat, protein, vegetables and fruits in nutrition can lead to the mental illness.
  • Social problems. Staying detached from society can negatively affect the mood and personality, and impact the brain negatively.

How to Boost Your Child’s Brain Power

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If you provide your children with loving and engaging experience, you’ll give their brain’s neural connections greater chance to wire together. As a result, they will acquire rich planning and reasoning skills. Here are several pieces of advice to improve your child’s brain function:

  1. Foster passion for books as the reading plays one of the most important roles in good brain development.
  2. Choose appropriate toys that allow your kid to explore the world, think and experiment. The same goes with online sites and, tools and apps: choose the right resources for child development.
  3. Build trust by being attentive and focused. Emotionally attached children invest more energy in learning and development.
  4. Spend enough time with your kid doing common things, such as cooking a dinner, painting a picture, planting flowers, etc.
  5. Express interest and joy when interacting with your kid. Your shining eyes, smile and good words should show your child how much you appreciate what he/she is doing.

Our brain is adapting to the environment, experience, and other inputs. Your responsibility as a careful parent is to do your best to help your child develop his/her brain and boost IQ from the early age.

Do you do anything to help your kids’ brain development? Tell us in comments!

Petra Lipfer
Petra Lipfer is a freelance blogger living in Orlando, Florida. She is passionate about everything concerting writing and the Internet. She is married and has two beautiful kids. She has a degree in Management and has taken several IT courses. Petra is a certified specialist in child online security. She enjoys blogging on everything concerning children, their security and parenthood in general. You can contact
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