Ever wondered why kids go through those notorious toddler tantrums or terrible two’s… It is actually very important to experience those toddler tantrums as you will soon realise.
To gain a better understanding of why we go through the toddler tantrums, you should know about different areas of the brain. We have 2 brain hemispheres… Left and Right.
The left side of the brain is responsible for controlling the right side of the body. It also helps us perform tasks of logic including science, maths and is largely responsible for language processing, for speaking and fine motor skills. The right side of the brain is responsible for the left side of the body. It helps with emotional recognition/expression, facial recognition, visual imagery and spatial awareness.
Between ages 1-3, blood flow to the brain is more dominant in the right hemisphere and after 3 years, this dominance shifts to the left hemisphere . The development of our brain in early childhood appears to correlate with emergence of functions of the dominant brain hemisphere, which is initially the right side (responsible for our emotional expression and regulation) and then in the left hemisphere.
So it is really important to go through the emotional ups and downs (within reason) up to 3 years of age as it is integral part of our overall brain development. The early years of human development help establish function of the brain and stressful experiences in early life can affect these different stages of development.
Different stressors can include physical, chemical, environmental and emotional stresses. If you are worried that stress could be affecting your child’s development, book in with Little Sprouts today so we can assess and help your child reach their fullest potential.
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