The brain is a pattern seeking device

The brain establishes patterns, fills in blanks and skips
non - essential letters, words and actions. We all have examples of how the
brain discounts the word “not” and children only hear what you don’t want them
to do – “Don’t throw food on the floor” sounds like “throw food on the floor.”

Can you read this sentence  - “I cdnulot blveiee that I cluod
aulaclty uesdnatunrd waht I was rdgnieg The phaonmneal pweor of th ehmuan mind
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch atCmabridgdelUinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in what
order the ltteers in a word are, the only ipmrmoatnt thing is that the frist
and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.”  Scary you could read it and it
made sense, all thanks to the brain!

Why is this important? Because when our children showcase
these behaviors we forget, it’s their brains at work doing what they do best –
making meaning out of what they see, hear and do.

Another reason brain patterning is so important is because the
pattern is difficult to change once it’s established so we must be acutely
aware of the power of patterns. I recently noticed this with my grandbaby. I
was showing her how to blow bubbles with her mouth and soon every time she saw
me she saw me blowing bubbles and she patterned it right back to me.  I said to myself – is that what I want her to
do when she sees me – blow bubbles - isn’t there more to this than just blowing
bubbles? Because I became aware of how often I was showed this pattern of behavior,
I changed my behavior to give her more than blowing bubbles to associate with
me.

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