How Does Our Brain Tell Our Body To Move?

October 8, 2009

Warning: Sharing the following information with your child may result in you hearing the following excuse an awful lot: "But my brain made me do it!"

Kids come up with the greatest questions. They are naturally curious and want to know how the world around them works. They may understand that their brains help them think, but what they may not know is that their brains control everything about them! To put it into simple kid terms, the brain is the "boss" of one's body. Even though a boss is in charge, a boss still needs help and that is where the nerves come in. Nerves are the brain's helpers. They send messages from our brain that tell our muscles to move. And that's how we are able to walk across the room or to pick up a spoon and eat.

It can take some time for the nerves to get really good at sending these messages, and that is why it might take some time for you to learn a new skill. For example, as babies are learning to walk, nerves are traveling between the muscles and the brain over and over again while the baby practices this until a path is created in the brain. After lots of practice by the baby, the path is finally created and the baby can walk.

Our brains are the only part of our bodies that can't be replaced (that's why bicycle helmets are so important!). Your brain controls what you do and without your brain, you simply aren't you!

From the Parents

  • Parent # 1

    Great article! I'm going to use this to explain lots of things to my son. For example, the more he practices putting all of the orange rind pieces into the garbage, the better he'll get at it. Come to think of it, I think my husband needs this lesson, too

    over a year ago


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