CHLOE’S BRAIN GAME
By Daniel G. Amen, MD
Since my daughter Chloe was 2 years-old we have often played our favorite game called, “This Is Good For My Brain or Bad For My Brain.”
I would say a word or a phrase, and she would say it was good or bad for the brain. She often gave it a thumbs up or a thumbs down as a physical expression of her choice. As she got older she began to explain the reason of her answers.
For example, if I said, avocados, she would give it a big thumbs up and call it “God’s butter.”
If I said, hitting a soccer ball with your head, she would give it a thumbs down and say, the brain is soft and the skull is hard. Bad idea.
This is a wonderful game you can play yourself or with your whole family. I recently played this game with a group of 6-year-olds, and they got nearly every answer right! It helps children, and all of us, stay focused on brain health and make better choices.
If you want to play Chloe’s Brain Game with your family, here are lists of things that are good and bad for your brain. Use these lists as a starting point and add new items to keep it fresh and fun.
We are currently working on an interactive version of Chloe’s Brain Game that will be available soon. Stay tuned, and I’ll let you know when it’s ready.
Balanced blood sugar
Flossing (prevent gingivitis)
Grapes with seeds
Martial arts (without head injury)
Petting the dog
Playing outside in sunshine
ANTs (automatic negative thoughts)
Driving too fast
Irritating red-headed mother
Speeding in a car