#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

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

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