Have you ever wondered as to why the strongest land mammal on earth, the elephant, which can uproot a tree as easily as you and I, can break a toothpick, remains tied down by a chain tied to a flimsy peg?
This is because, when the elephant is a baby, the elephant trainer puts a cuff around the baby elephants leg and chains him to a heavy object. The baby pulls and pulls on that chain. The chain bites into his leg and causes pain as it starts to bleed and hurts him. It takes less than 2 months for the elephant to believe, that as long as that chain is on his leg, he cannot break free and can go nowhere. It is commonly known as the elephant chain syndrome.
Parenting is something we all have experienced. Our parents parenting us; we parenting our children. And although many people teach about parenting, the fact is that in today’s fast-paced technological society, relatively few do well when it comes to handling their own children.
Having a child is a privilege because it is life happening through us. However, many times as parents we knowingly or unknowingly take wrongful advantage of this privilege.
Our brains are plastic in the sense of the dictionary definition: “capable of being shaped or formed”. In biology, plasticity refers to the capacity of living things to mould themselves to new conditions.
Neuroplasticity implies that you have the ability to change your brain; its structure and the way it functions based on your life experiences and repeated behaviours, emotions, and thoughts. Research has proved that we can play an active part in this process. And the good news is that you can facilitate this change at any age.