Growing Pains- A Family Affair

If you are the parent of a growing child; if you’ve ever been the parent of a growing child; if you’re a child; or if you’ve ever been a child, you need to see the movie Inside Out.

My husband and I rarely see animated films, now that our kids are grown, but at my son’s recommendation, we went to see Inside Out.  It is an absolute “MUST SEE!”

Inside Out is an unbelievably creative and poignant look at growing up.  Don’t you wish you could see inside your child’s mind at times to better understand what in the world they are thinking?  Well, here’s your chance – a sneak peek at what’s going on in a growing child’s brain – oh, and a look at our own emotions and thinking as well.  Amazing!

Growing Pains

Growing pains are real, both physically and emotionally.  Just when we, as parents think we’ve got it down, our child enters a new phase, and there we all are, trying to figure it out again.  As the parent of two amazing grown children, I can tell you, that all those stages, as trying as some of them are, are necessary and worth it!

Growing Pains and Learning Challenges

Kids spend a tremendous amount of their childhood in school.  When school is hard, it’s like going to work everyday at a job you dislike, doing things that you don’t feel competent doing.  It’s discouraging, frustrating, and pretty tough on the self-esteem.

Students with learning challenges may need double the patience, time, and support from their parents as they navigate the emotional rollercoaster of normal growing pains and their struggles in school.  Parents may wonder if there will ever be light at the end of the tunnel, but speaking for the parents I see at our learning centers, they always seem to muster the extra strength and energy needed to be there for their kids.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Growing up simply takes time.  Eventually, we all get there.  But learning challenges don’t generally go away with time.  Students may come up with better coping strategies, but the struggles with school or learning still remain.

But here’s the great news:  Thirty years of our own clinical evidence and the current brain research proves that the brain can change.

There are a tremendous number of underlying processing skills that support comfortable and easy learning.  If any of these skills are weak or inefficient, attention may be stressed and learning may be more difficult than it should be.

But the brain is amazing!  With targeted and intensive brain training, new neuropathways, or connections in the brain can be made so that learning can be easier.  Once the brain is getting the information it needs to think with, the weak reading, language, math, or other academic skills can be remediated, permanently!

Neither growing pains nor learning challenges need to last forever.


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