Here we are in September! Another school year has begun. I was just preparing for an upcoming workshop and it got me thinking about how difficult change is. I always start a new school year thinking about how incredibly organized I will be. I’ll have lunches ready the night before, clothes prepped and then of course there will be my “healthy parent” routine. I’ll get up before the kids, do some yoga, write in my journal.. *cue record scratch* and only about 20% of that happens. Why?! Well, it’s in my head. My brain that is. We have to train our brains to know that this is a habit we want to create and we don’t always do that. Now, I’m not a neurologist by any means (in fact, checking the spelling on that now). I have, however, been doing some research on how becoming aware of how our brains work can help us create change in our lives.
Neuropathways are neurons that link together when receiving new information. That link is the pathway that will make the information easier for our brains to access. This is helpful when learning a new language, learning how to read, etc. This also works in a negative fashion. If we say, “I’m so dumb”, every time we drop something, our brain begins to believe us. So, if we’re trying to create positive change, we need to use consistency and our emotions together. Maybe prepping lunches isn’t really that important to us. But, if a new habit gives us more peace in the morning, then that “feeling” of ease, that emotional connection, is what will help cement it in our brain. Remembering the things that are truly important to us (a positive morning to start everyone’s day off right, for example) will help us set up the routines that will make for a fantastic school year. Now where is my yoga mat?
Editor’s Note: What’s Up for Kids parenting contributor Michele Pullo will be a speaker at the Mom and Daughter Workshop being held at CSU Northridge on October 23, 2016. This workshop is designed to grow the mother daughter relationship and build your daughter’s confidence as the school year begins. For additional registration details click here.