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Five Ways to Keep Your Child’s Memory Sharp

Every parent wants their child to be that extraordinary whiz kid. There is a rat race at every school. Parents urging kids to study hard, fretting over their exam grades and demeaning them over poor performance is a sight not so rare.

Sharp memory aids to construct a solid foundation for learning. To our dismay, this is not something every child is born with. As a subject of evolution, these skills heighten depending upon their usage. It is vital to make sure your child is regularly working to enhance these capabilities.

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There are plenty of activities that parents could execute to enhance this essential learning weapon.

Short-term and long-term memory

Before moving on to those tips, you need to figure out the difference between long-term and short-term memory. Operating perpetually, each blend with another enabling every person to organize information and attach a meaning to it. Hence, allowing a succinct understanding of the topic. The lack of this connection is what causes dementia.

Short-term memory allows the student to process and recall previous information so they can carry out a task. It is then transmitted to the long-term memory, enabling them to form a broader conceptualization of the topic.
We list down a few schemes that a parent could tug at, giving rise to their child’s learning:

  1. Play mind/physical games
  2. Study stress can result in information sent to the reactive side of the brain. Various functions may then root out. The child may respond aggressively, in a fleeting manner or show no response at all (freeze)! It disables the information to flow into reflective higher thinking, the conscious part of the brain where long-term memory contains.

    To de-stress the child, play memory games that would open up essential brain networks. Use your ingenuity and create games that would make your child think, develop strategies and internalize information.

    Games like Simon Says, Concentration and Memory help boost the brainpower of child. When on the drive, ask them different questions, like, “Can you spot the blue truck?”.

    The gist of the matter is playing and play more often.

    Regular physical activity and mind games are known as the “Miracle Grow” for the brain. Tricia Ferrara, a family therapist, and producer of Parenting in 21st-century states:

    “Extensive research shows that as our bodies move, we produce a biochemical cocktail that primes the brain to learn and strengthens connections that enhance memory. Children should be given ample opportunity to run around, climb trees, and play physical games before, during, and after learning.”

  3. Establish routines
  4. A child cannot be taught to schedule his/her day’s activities. The responsibility lies with the parent to structure days in a particular pattern. Allotting time slot for each task of the day would allow your child to enhance their memory. Establish a link between different activities. These make up a pattern in their brain.

    It ends up with the child considering each activity as important and builds a linkage in their brain, passing through multiple brain filters to create a memory.

  5. Encourage questions
  6. Understanding a concept is the initial step towards remembrance. Encourage your child to ask questions. It ensures they are on the path to deeper comprehension. Enable them to formulate a logical connection between different things.
    Such behavior allows the student to think critically and internalize problem-solving skills.

    Ask them about events in the past and stories which they read. Among other things, it also makes your child realize the importance of being more alert, noting details and remembering them.

    Once the information has entered into the higher thinking portions of the brain, your child has to turn them into permanent memories. Let them summarize information in their manner, be it sketches, songs, skits or writing.

  7. Ask for help
  8. Your little one works so hard to be an independent ninja. They often try to be tiny helpers for mommy and daddy. Invite them to be one. So, on your next visit to the supermarket, ask them to remember a few items for the grocery. Such deeds not only make their minds sharper but also makes him/her feel a little bit extra special.

    On another note, ask your child to teach you. Encourage him/her to explain to you the new knowledge they just discovered. It poses a challenge to their brain. You must also clarify any areas they are unsure of and need help with.

  9. Multi-sensory approach
  10. Make use of all senses for explaining concepts. A multi-sensory approach to learning uses sight, touch, and sound. Read aloud, ask them questions and make use of flash cards or illustrative videos. Such methods allow your child to engage with concepts in diverse ways and makes the concept even more clear. They can understand the idea in another way if not from one.

    Once the concept is clear and brain fixes a logic to that, this information can retain into the long-term memory. In turn, association with previous and future events gets smoother. Information obtained from each sense enters the part of the brain that is specific to that.

Bear in mind, these are not one-time tasks but must repeatedly carry out.
Dig up in the past, refresh the memories of your child and get down onto the floor to play with them. Add some humor to their lessons and do not lose hope if they don’t turn out to be the fast learners. Each child needs their own time to take in and process the information from around.

The important thing is, a parent must always back their child, at all times. Give them some space, let them try and learn at their own pace.

Apart from that, there is no way your child could lag behind other kids. Infuse these exercises into your child’s routine to fasten their conceptualization.

Alycia Gordon

Alycia Gordon

I’m a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness, and lifestyle. I’m a tech junkie and divide my time between travel and writing. I’m the mother of twins, Hannah and Jimmy. And they are the life and soul for her life. It’s sometimes hectic to cope with them and do my stuff but I enjoy every moment with them.

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  • Learning to play musical instruments too is known to have positive effects on memory not only in childhood but later in old age too. Very helpful advice, especially asking the kid to teach you.
    – Nandita

  • This is definitely a really great post indeed. You provided some awesome tips to keep children’s memories tip top!

  • These are great tips and as a mother of 4 boys…I can never stop learning new things! Routine is a must and always talk to them so they always communicate no matter what.

  • As a first-time mom, I love posts like this. I have so much to learn about parenting and want to ensure my little guy has the best learning foundation possible. These tips are so helpful and easy to understand and replicate. Thank you!

  • This is a fabulous resource. I already do some of this, but I can definitely improve on others, such as using more multi-sensory activities.

  • These are all wonderful tips. I especially like 2, 3, and 4 and use them with my son often. He really loves helping with chores so we make it a big learning experience and I welcome him to ask questions and also answer questions about what we are doing. It’s such a fun time and you can really see the wheels in his head turning!

  • Wow, these are really great ways to help or make your kids sharpen their memory, thanks for sharing this with us.

  • I think memory games are not only a great way to help sharpen your child’s mind but a great way to spend time with them. too many parents shove a screen at their kids these days instead of engaging with them.

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Alycia Gordon

Alycia Gordon

I’m a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness, and lifestyle. I’m a tech junkie and divide my time between travel and writing. I’m the mother of twins, Hannah and Jimmy. And they are the life and soul for her life. It’s sometimes hectic to cope with them and do my stuff but I enjoy every moment with them.