Photo : Mathieu Raynaud

Photo : Mathieu Raynaud

Stéphanie Brillant

Stéphanie is a french filmmaker. She is a former Senior Reporter and TV Host. Stéphanie is an actual mother of two.
 

"I am also a former kid, i know, nothing stupendous, right? But when you really think about it, it means something. The child i was, shaped the grown up i became, for the best, and for the worse. My strenghs as my limitations were encoded in my brain at a very early age.

As parents, educators, we all want our children to thrive, connect to who they truly are, find a lot of resilience and happiness on the way. Life is our best teacher, because from it, you really learn.

There is no perfect education, but i believe there is enlightened way to educate our children. Meaning that you don't apply any techniques because that's the way people do, that's what you were taught, but because it makes sens to you, it's sounds relevant, based on what you have learned.

What i know is not much, but what i discovered working on this film, has been for me life changing. I haven't become a better mom, or educator, now, i just can tell when i could do better, why i did wrong, and what i could do next to try to improve myself and have a more positive and significant impact on my world. I see myself as a more valuable parent, because i understand myself as kid on a brainy way.

Being a parent is very challenging, because there is no recipe. Kids are so different from one another, you can't apply to one what worked for another one. But when you understand the bascis of the hard drive, you are not lost anymore. You have some point to start from. How could you fix things when do you don't know where the problem comes from? Would you dare to build an Ikea fourniture without the instructions book, or fly a plane without any insights first?

As an adult, knowing how your brain works is your freedom, because you can really have an impact on your life and become the real the pilot on board. Isn't it what we want to share with the litlle ones, becoming the pilot of their own lives?

We live in a world of information, knowledge is probably the only thing that really values, for some reason, you can share it. Thanks to my journalist background, i have learned to seek, to analyse, to challenges beliefs and ideas. I try not being prisonner of any dogma.

I am not sure that whithout doing this film, i would be able to understand my little girl. She is so far from what i've been taught as acceptable behaviour. When she rolls on the floor because she doesn't get what she wants, the "Me" before Brainious would have been very tuff on her. After Brainous, i still don't validate her behaviour, but nothing emotional is involved. I mean, i don't react because it bothers me, but to help her go beyond. When my son, starts to have eczema, and complains about how life is unfair and how he feels bad about himself, i have the tools to help him to get rid of this unconstructive mindset, because i understand where it comes from, from a brain perspective.

Then thanks to Brainious, i've become a much more open minded,reassurant person, and mother, and hopefully viewing this film will help you too, to understand better what kind of parent or educator you really want to be. 

I am very grateful to every people who made this film possible. In my career it has been the very first time , i didn't have to "fight" to get things, i mean, when people told me yes, it was a real Yes. No negociation, no second thoughts, no hidden strategy. I feel blessed that i have been able to approach all these experts, besides of their passion for their art, theyr are all reliable people, and for me that's probably the main reason we can give them our trust.

Thank you for your trust, and your support. And please, psread the word that all kids are BRAINIOUS!"

Stéphanie Brillant


 

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