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February 19, 2019

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This section of the website is designed to help parents (and all adults) develop a balanced approach to making sure that their children learn healthy brain habits. It teaches thinking skills and emotional control skills that can provide the cognitive basis for a modern humanistic philosophy of life.

Also, you can use the organized brain information to provide reliable brain knowledge for dealing with family life relationship issues. It includes brain information related to applying science-based best-practices parenting principles and skills.

The bonus for using this information is that what is good for the brains of children is also good for the hearts of children. Children need to exercise regularly, eat nutritious foods, get enough sleep, and challenge their brains on a daily basis to solve difficult problems by using modern critical thinking skills and critical reading strategies.

To be a humanist parent is to be able to use your intellectual intelligence (IQ) and your emotional intelligence (EQ) to reason effectively with your children for the purpose of creating a fulfilling philosophy of life for yourself and for your children based upon modern principles of neuroscience within a secular context of history.

As a humanist parent (or any adult) responsible for teaching children, you need to create balance and challenge in your own life, so you and the children under your guidance can create more cognitive reserve (more resilience) and less cognitive dissonance (less confusion). This goal can prepare you for emergencies and also provide the basis for fulfilling family interactions.

The idea of increasing cognitive reserve means that you can increase the variety and the density of the neuronal connections throughout your brain and nervous system by doing a variety of interesting and challenging new positive activities on a daily basis. And you can teach your children to do the same.

Kids must be trained to satisfy their own age-related developmental needs of physical, intellectual, and emotional growth through the predictable developmental stages and teachable moments of their young lives. This task is much easier for kids when they see their parents and teachers modeling good healthy responsible adult behavior within their family or classroom.

Conversely, parents with emotional problems, such as bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder, who are responsible for childcare can give children dysfunctional negative role models. The examples of bad behavior can have lifelong adverse impacts on the mental and emotional development of a child because of the importance of imitative behavior for children and the injurous effect on the immune systems of children.

The idea of reducing cognitive dissonance in your own life, and in the lives of your children, refers to the need to conscientiously cope with negative emotional and social problems, including such things as disruptive online and TV advertisements and cable and network program content. The mind-numbing assault on the brains of children by the ubiquitous mass media and the addictive social media with their omnipresent advertisements and commercials can seriously damage young brains.

Unfortunately, the attention demanding commercials compete with educational programs for the limited precious awake time that children have during childhood. The time children have for educational pursuits and deeper thinking can be seriously jeopardized by the bombardment of advertisements and the lack of face to face human contacts.

Kids could become more enthusiastic about gaining an understanding of science, history, politics, art, and even their own health, if they were not constantly pressured to waste so much time paying attention to noisy commercials.

When children's brains are distracted so much of the time, their lives can be reduced to simplistic habits despite the fact that they need to be developing an appreciation for the complexity of reality as they grow up.

The fundamental Humanist Parenting Principle is that parents need to give their children the instruction and the reinforcements children need to keep their brains and minds and bodies healthy for a lifetime of changes and challenges. To achieve this important humanist family objective, the new brain ideas should be discussed within the family context continuously at all ages.

All family members can participate and contribute to the quality of family life by being encouraged to communicate and share brain facts to optimize their brain functions during the sequence of predictable "ages and stages" concerning childhood growth factors.

Now it is possible to teach introductory parts of the new brain vocabulary even to toddlers and young children so they will be prepared to enter nursery school or kindergarten with clearly understood humanistic values. For example, when started early and in the family setting, children can easily identify their brain with their head and to express appropriate feelings with specific words that name the major parts and functions of their brain and body.

Children can learn to depend upon real knowledge rather unreal metaphorical explanations of the meaning of life. They can learn to depend upon the true source of real feelings and real emotions and real thoughts instead of being confused by silly fantastic fairytale notions of reality.

More details about the need for parents to provide early learning about brain functions to children are at the following link:

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The new brain knowledge can help children learn to control their thoughts and feelings better by using the most important brain ideas ever discovered. In addition, parents and teachers can teach children progressive mindfulness skills, which involve expressing loving kindness to their children every day. Their behavior should always reflect the rational humanistic liberal values of respect for diversity, including gender, racial and ethnic inclusion.

Also, the use of checklists can empower your children to keep track of their activities and responsibilities in the context of weekly family meetings where the achievements and plans and expectations of everyone in the family can be discussed in constructive ways. Then children can learn to manage their free time better by doing more effective studying and playing. And they can learn to be responsible for their decisions as they imagine the consequences of their decisions and also learn from their mistakes.

This frame of reference can give you a reliable way to evaluate the results of your parenting practices. For example, you can teach children not to be distracted by the mass media and social media advertisements and online shopping choices, which their young brains are exposed to every day on their computers, TVs, podcasts, radios, and phones with their unlimited online options for music and video games.

Today, when a child's success in life depends more than ever before on independent thinking skills and emotionally intelligent reasoning skills, it is vitally important to teach children how to determine the rational benefits and possible risks of their decisions, in other words, critical thinking skills.

It is regard, the primary function of humanist parents is to teach their children how to make good choices based upon reasoning rather than blind obedience.

WHY THIS MATTERS: This website can help humanist parents teach their children the new whole brain thinking approach to the scientific understanding of brain structures and mental functions. It is the best way to integrate the new brain knowledge into humanist family living in order to produce responsible and resilient family members.

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