#85: What is Balanced Brain Stimulation? with Deborah McNelis

by | Oct 2, 2023 | Mompreneur, New parent, Podcast

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

 How can parents strike the perfect balance between providing stimulating experiences for their little ones’ developing brains while also ensuring they don’t become overwhelmed or overstimulated?

Remember that as parents and caregivers, you hold the key to your child’s early development. The concept of balanced brain stimulation involves providing a mix of enriching experiences that benefit their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical growth.

The benefits are substantial: improved learning, emotional resilience, and stronger relationships. Practical steps, such as age-appropriate activities and a loving environment, can help you achieve this balance.

From the moment your little one enters this world, their brain is like a blank canvas waiting to be filled with the colors of experiences, emotions, and knowledge. As parents, it’s our privilege and responsibility to provide the right mix of stimuli and care to help them flourish.

In this episode, I am joined by Deborah McNelis, M.Ed, an Early Brain Development Specialist, as we answer these questions and more. We share real-life stories and offer practical tips to help you give your child the best start in life. Whether you’re a new parent seeking guidance or a seasoned caregiver looking to fine-tune your approach, stick around because we’ve got a wealth of knowledge coming your way.

Topics Discussed:
  • What is balanced brain stimulation
  • The benefits of balanced brain stimulation
  • Providing balanced brain stimulation for infants
  • Signs you might not be doing it well
About the Guest

Deborah McNelis, M.Ed is an author, speaker and creator of Neuro-Nurturing. As an Early Brain Development Specialist and founder of Brain Insights LLC, she has developed the unique Neuro-Nurturing Interaction Packets and the digital Brain Basics Quick Start Guide: Nurture the Brilliance within Children. She has also published Transitions and Balanced Stimulation development packets in collaboration with Redleaf Press. She has been seen in publications, heard on radio interviews and webinars worldwide and receives rave reviews for her engaging and insightful presentations and keynotes for communities, schools, organizations and companies. Her enthusiasm is said to be contagious.

Resources:

Tronick’s Still Face Experiment

The First 60 Days Magazine

What Children Really Need Is Adults That Understand Development

Connect with Deborah:

deborahmcnelis.com

braininsightsonline.com

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

 

Download a Transcript

Let’s nurture our connection:

Facebook | Nurtured Noggins

Instagram | @nurturednoggins

FOLLOW US ON SPOTIFY AND APPLE

 

“I am learning so much from Parenting in the First 3 Years!” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — move toward connecting with their child to be the best parent they can be. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

One last thing.

I spend time each morning in meditation and would love to pray for you, your child or whatever’s on your heart. Simply email me and let me know how to pray. It can be as simple as just your name or you can give a short explanation. Either way you can trust that I will do it. No strings attached, no follow up or anything, just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone. 🧡

 

IF YOU LIKED THIS EPISODE, CHECK THIS OUT:

Pregnancy Cookies

What’s the difference between a pregnancy cookie and a regular cookie? Do labor cookies really make your labor begin?

Parent Tip – Natural Consequences for Behavior Management

Have you wondered why toddlers make silly decisions? Read about how this is due to them learning about the consequences to behavior and how you can help them with their behavior development.

Helping children feel safe

The adults in a child’s world must protect them from too much information and from too much emotion that they can’t understand or process. 

How You Can Organize Fun Activities for Your Kids at Home

Are you looking for ways that you can organize and create fun activities for your kids while at home? Learn about some fun activities that we think will help!

Disclaimer: This page may have affiliate links. This means I’ll earn a small commission if you choose to purchase using my link.

Take the Quiz!

How much do YOU know about infant development?

About Ann


I’m a child development specialist, parent coach and teacher trainer. I’ve cared for countless babies in child development programs, plus 3 kids, 4 grand babies and 5 foster babies! I LOVE babies and would come hold yours if I could. ❤️

Free Video Lesson!

What Every Dad Needs to Know Course

Download our free video lesson for new fathers!

Read more

pregnancy blog
toddler blog and advice for parenting toddlers
preschool blog and advice for parenting preschoolers
blog on child development