ChildDevelopment

ChildDevelopment

Digital Pollution: Parents are Enemies of the Children

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Parents are Enemies of the Children
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Unless you are pharmacist or doctor yourself, will you give medicines to your child mindlessly?

Then why early life gadget exposure? Research after research, report after report recommends ZERO EXPOSURE to screen devices for infants and kids below 2 years!

Why can’t parents understand this simple thing?
Why do schools teach on screens?

I have shared in past. Here is one more study.

Too much time using digital media in the wrong way is linked to children’s quality of sleep, child development and physical health, the statement notes. (Heavy media use in preschool is associated with small but significant increases in body mass index.)

The guidelines recommend banning digital media use an hour before bed, turning off devices when not in use and keeping bedrooms, mealtimes and parent-child playtime screen free.


Research Study


Children and Adolescents and Digital Media

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/10/19/peds.2016-2593

Conclusions

New digital and social media facilitate and promote social interactions as well as participation and engagement that involve both viewing and creating content. The effects of media use, however, are multifactorial and depend on the type of media, the type of use, the amount and extent of use, and the characteristics of the individual child or adolescent using the media. Children today are growing up in an era of highly personalized media use experiences; therefore, parents should be encouraged to develop personalized Family Media Use Plans for their families that attend to each child’s age, health, temperament, and developmental stage and ensure that each child can practice and benefit from the essentials for healthy growth and development, such as a healthy diet, good sleep hygiene, adequate physical activity, and positive social interactions.

Parents should recognize and understand their own roles in modeling appropriate media use and balance between media time and other activities. Pediatricians can help families identify and adopt a healthy Family Media Use Plan, minimize unhealthy habits and behaviors, and recognize and address issues that occur related to the use of traditional and new media that can negatively affect health, wellness, social and personal development, and academic performance and success.

Kids sold out for parents’ selfish dreams

Originally wrote in 2014. Things are worse now.

kidsperform

“Make-up, hair extensions, teased hairstyles, clouds of hairspray, flippers (fake teeth), sophisticated costumes, screaming crowds (mostly mothers), weird postures, twitched face expressions, tiaras, trophies, money and more”

On top of it, 5 years old dancing on adult songs. 10 years old doing double meaning comedy? Adults on show passing adult comments?

Forcing children in well scripted Talent show/reality shows is not child labour torture?

In most of the cases, it is parents Attention greed, trying to live own dream by kids act, that drives children crazy.

Any child NGO working on it? Making future citizens fame hungry…not a crime against society? Do we realize psychological impact in their future life?

America’s Father Crisis

Fatherless

Many educated Indians, working in service sector, disconnected from roots, groomed by leftist education and media, believe that Indian society is patriarch and women has no value and what not in form of rubbish propoganda!

There are certain social units which Sanatana dharma consider as foundation of healthy society. लग्न संस्था & वर्णाश्रम व्यवस्था. Both are on the verge of breaking state.

Beware. Read some states from fatherless America. Indians are inviting the same collapse home. Save family and friends from this debacle.

We have written about this in past. Repeat post is needed with some new facts.

Want to Break India? Destroy family institution!

Don’t Mimic Fatherless America!


Facts as received in FB post. All references not verified.


  1. 63% of youth suicides happen in homes without a father. (US Dept of Health.)
  2. 90% of all street children, and those who leave home, are from homes without a father. (Center for Diseases Control.)
  3. 85% of all children with behavioral disorders are from households without the paternal figure. (Center for Diseases Control.)
  4. 80% of rapists with uncontrolled rage grew up in households without their father present. (Justice and Behavior.)
  5. 71% of all high school students who dropped out of school grew up in homes without a father figure. (National Principal’s Association Report.)
  6. 70% of young people in state drug safety and recovery institutions grew up in homes without a father. (US Department of Justice.)
  7. 85% of all youth in prison do not have the father in the home. (Fulton County, Georgia Department of Correction.)
  8. Daughters of unmarried mothers without the father involved are 711% more likely to get pregnant in adolescence; 164% more likely to have a child before marriage, and 92% to have a divorce later. (US DHHS, Bureau of the Census.)
  9. 90% of street children come from homes without a father. (USDHHS, Bureau of the Census.)
  10. 80% of rapists come from homes without a father. (Criminal Justice & Behavior.)
  11. 71% of pregnant adolescents do not have their father in the home. (US Department of Health and Human Services.)
  12. 63% of suicides in adolescence are from homes without a father. (US DHHS, Bureau of the Census.)
  13. 85% of children with behavioral disorders are from homes without a father. (Center for Disease Control.)
  14. 90% of teenagers who engage in arson acts live only with their mothers. (Center for Disease Control.)

Preparation for Upanayan (उपनयन संस्कार) : Introduction to Rishi24 (ऋषि-२४)

Rishi

Gayatri

Last year when I visited local Ayyappa Temple with my son, we had vivid experience about how still some people still holding the dharma bastion in this chaotic times.

What an enchanting experience! I must say, down south, we have preserved the ritual sacredness much better than rest of Bharat in general. I could show little Kerala outside Kerala to my son

Ayappa

My son, listening to Ganesh Gayatri and Durga Gayatri, asked pertinent question. To answer him, I had to do home work.

His question: “Why are they chanting different version of ‘Prachodayat mantra(s) i.e. Gayatri mantras? Why do we chant Gayatri for different God? (આ જુદા જુદા પ્રચોદયાત મંત્ર કેમ બોલે છે? એવું કેમ? પ્રચોદયાત મંત્ર કેમ બોલવાનો?)”

🙂

So entire year, so far, I spent time researching on Maa Gayatri. My friends doing research on same also helped. Exactly after a year, we unveiled another layer of detail about Gayatri mantra and Gayatri chanda.

We visited Gayatri Shakti Peetha in our city. Little unknown and unexplored Sadhana Sthala in city. A place where 24 Rishis who had vision of individual syllable are established.

What I realized is that, this is how Maa Gayatri needs to be introduced to kids and prepare them for Upanayan. Unless and until they realize various tenets of life principles, they won’t realize the value of Gayatri mantra दीक्षा.

And we fail in this introduction, we compromise with kid’s potential. Don’t wait till Upanayan. Build enough stage and foundation for Upanayana.


From the book गायत्री का हर अक्षर शक्ति स्रोत

More here : http://literature.awgp.org/book/gayatri_ka_har_akhshar_shakti_strot/v1.1


गायत्री मंत्र में 24 अक्षर हैं। इन्हें मिलाकर पढ़ने से ही इनका शब्दार्थ और भावार्थ समझ में आता है। पर शक्ति-साधना के सन्दर्भ में इनमें से प्रत्येक अक्षर का अपना स्वतंत्र अस्तित्व और महत्व है। इन अक्षरों को परस्पर मिला देने से परम तेजस्वी सविता देवता से सद्बुद्धि को प्रेरित करने के लिए प्रार्थना की गई है और साधक को प्रेरणा दी गई है कि वह जीवन की सर्वोपरि सम्पदा ‘सद्बुद्धि’ का—ऋतम्भरा प्रज्ञा का महत्व समझें और अपने अन्तराल में दूर दर्शिता का अधिकाधिक समावेश करें। यह प्रसंग अति महत्वपूर्ण होते हुए भी रहस्यमय तथ्य यह है कि इस महामन्त्र का प्रत्येक अक्षर शिक्षकों और सिद्धियों से भरा पूरा है।

शिक्षा की दृष्टि से गायत्री मन्त्र के प्रत्येक अक्षर में प्रमुख सद्गुणों का उल्लेख किया गया है और बताया गया है कि उनको आत्मसात करने पर मनुष्य देवोपम विशेषताओं से भर जाता है। अपना कल्याण करता है और अन्य असंख्यों को अपनी नाव पर बिठाकर पार लगाता है। हाड़-मांस से बनी और मल-मूत्र से बनी काया में जो कुछ विशिष्टता दिखाई पड़ती है वह उससे समाहित सत्प्रवृत्तियों के ही हैं। जिसके गुण-कर्म स्वभाव में जितनी उत्कृष्टता है वह उसी अनुपात से महत्वपूर्ण बनता है और महत्वपूर्ण उपलब्धियां प्राप्त करके जीवन सौभाग्य को हर दृष्टि से सार्थक बनाता है।

इन सद्गुणों की उपलब्धि को लोक शिक्षण सम्पर्क एवं वातावरण के प्रभाव में से भी बहुत कुछ प्रगति हो सकती है। किन्तु अध्यात्म-विज्ञान के अनुसार साधना उपक्रम द्वारा भी इन विभूतियों में से जिसकी कमी दिखती है, जिसके सम्वर्धन की आवश्यकता अनुभव होती है उसके लिए उपासनात्मक उपचार किये जा सकते हैं।

जिस प्रकार शरीर में कोई रासायनिक पदार्थ कम पड़ जाने से स्वास्थ्य लड़खड़ाने लगता है, उसी प्रकार उपरोक्त 24 सद्गुणों में से किसी में न्यूनता रहने पर उसी अनुपात से व्यक्तित्व त्रुटिपूर्ण रह जाता है। उस अभाव के कारण प्रगति-पथ पर बढ़ने में अवरोध खड़ा होता है। फलतः पिछड़ापन लदा रहने से उन उपलब्धियों का लाभ नहीं मिल पाता जिनके लिए मनुष्य-जीवन सुरदुर्लभ अवसर हस्तगत हुआ है। आहार के द्वारा एवं औषधि, उपचार से शरीर की रासायनिक आवश्यकता पूरी हो जाती है तो फिर स्वस्थता का आनन्द मिलने लगता है। इसी प्रकार गायत्री उपासना के विशिष्ट उपचारों से सत्प्रवृत्तियों की कमी पूरी की जा सकती है। उस अभाव को पूरा करने पर स्वभावतः प्रखरता एवं प्रतिभा बढ़ती है। उसके सहारे मनुष्य अधिक पुरुषार्थ करता है—अधिक दूर दर्शिता का परिचय देता है, शारीरिक तत्परता और मानसिक तन्मयता बढ़ने से अभीष्ट प्रयोजन पूरा करने में सरलता रहने और सफलता मिलने लगती है। सत्प्रवृत्तियों की इसी परिणित को सिद्धियां कहते हैं।

गायत्री के 24 अक्षर :—

1-तत, 2-स, 3-वि, 4-तु, 5-र्व, 6-रे, 7-णि, 8-यं, 9-भ, 10-र्गो, 11-दे, 12-व, 13-स्य, 14-धी, 15-म, 16-हि, 17-धि, 18-यो, 19-यो, 20-नः, 21-प्र, 22-चो, 23-द, 24-यात् 24 अक्षरों से सम्बन्धित 24 कलाएं :—

(1) तापिनी (2) सफला (3) विश्वा (4) तुष्टा (5) वरदा (6) रेवती (7) शूक्ष्मा (8) ज्ञाना (9) भर्गा (10) गोमती (11) दर्विका (12) थरा (13) सिंहिका (14) ध्येया (15) मर्यादा (16) स्फुरा (17) बुद्धि (18) योगमाया (19) योगात्तरा (20) धरित्री (21) प्रभवा (22) कुला (23) दृष्या (24) ब्राह्मी 24 अक्षरों से सम्बन्धित 24 मातृकाएं :— (1) चन्द्रकेश्चवरी (2)अजतवला (3) दुरितारि (4) कालिका (5) महाकाली (6) श्यामा (7) शान्ता (8) ज्वाला (9) तारिका (10) अशोका (11) श्रीवत्सा (12) चण्डी (13) विजया (14) अंकुशा (15) पन्नगा (16) निर्वाक्षी (17) वेला (18) धारिणी (19) प्रिया (20) नरदता (21) गन्धारी (22) अम्बिका (23) पद्मावती (24) सिद्धायिका सामान्य दृष्टि से कलाएं और मातृकाएं अलग अलग प्रतीत होती हैं। किन्तु तात्विक दृष्ट से देखने पर उन दोनों का अन्तर समाप्त हो जाता है। उन्हें श्रेष्ठता की सामर्थ्य कह सकते हैं, और उनके नामों के अनुरूप उनके द्वारा उत्पन्न होने वाले सत्परिणामों का अनुमान लगा सकते हैं।

समग्र गायत्री को सर्व विघ्न विनासिनी—सर्व सिद्धि प्रदायनी कहा गया है। संकटों का सम्वरण और सौभाग्य संवर्धन के लिए उसका आश्रय लेना सदा सुखद परिणाम ही उत्पन्न करता है। तो भी विशेष प्रयोजनों के लिए उसके 24 अक्षरों में प्रथक प्रथक प्रकार की विशेषताएं भरी हैं। किसी विशेष प्रयोजन की सामयिक आवश्यकता पूरी करने के लिए उसकी विशेष शक्ति धारा का भी आश्रय लिया जा सकता है। चौबीस अक्षरों की अपने विशेषताएं और प्रतिक्रियाएं हैं—जिन्हें सिद्धियां भी कहा जा सकता है—इस प्रकार बताई गई हैं—

(1) आरोग्य (2) आयुष्य (3) तुष्टि (4) पुष्टि (5) शान्ति (6) वैभव (7) ऐश्वर्य (8) कीर्ति (9) अनुग्रह (10) श्रेय (11) सौभाग्य (12) ओजस् (13) तेजस् (14) गृहलक्ष्मी (15) सुसंतति। (16) विजय (17) विद्या (18) बुद्धि (19) प्रतिभा (20) ऋद्धि (21) सिद्धि (22) संगति (23) स्वर्ग (24) मुक्ति।

गायत्री के समग्र विनियोग में सविता देवता, विश्वामित्र ऋषि एवं गायत्री छन्द का उल्लेख किया गया है, परन्तु उसके वर्गीकरण में प्रत्येक अक्षर एक स्वतंत्र शक्ति बन जाता है ।। हर अक्षर अपने आप में एक मंत्र है ।। ऐसी दशा में २४ देवता, २४ ऋषि एवं २४ छन्दों का उल्लेख होना भी आवश्यक है ।। तत्त्वदर्शियों ने वैसा किया भी है ।। गायत्री विज्ञान की गहराई में उतरने पर इन विभेदों का स्पष्टीकरण होता है ।। नारंगी ऊपर से एक दीखती है, पर छिलका उतारने पर उसके खण्ड घटक स्वतंत्र इकाइयों के रूप में भी दृष्टिगोचर होते हैं ।। गायत्री को नारंगी की उपमा दी जाय तो उसके अन्तराल में चौबीस अक्षरों के रूप में २४ खण्ड घटकों के दर्शन होते हैं ।। जो विनियोग एक समय गायत्री मंत्र का होता है, वैसा ही प्रत्येक अक्षर का भी आवश्यक होता है ।। चौबीस अक्षरों के लिए चौबीस विनियोग बनने पर उनके २४ देवता २४ ऋषि एवं २४ छन्द भी बन जाते हैं ।।

ऋषियों और देवताओं का परस्पर समन्वय है ।। ऋषियों की साधना से विष्णु की तरह सुप्तावस्था में पड़ी रहने वाली देवसत्ता को जाग्रत होने का अवसर मिलता है ।। देवताओं के अनुग्रह से ऋषियों को उच्चस्तरीय वरदान मिलते हैं ।। वे सामर्थ्यवान बनते हैं और स्व पर कल्याण की महत्त्वपूर्ण भूमिका प्रस्तुत करते हैं ।।

ऋषि सद्गुण हैं और देवता उनके प्रतिफल ।। ऋषि को जड़ और देवता को वृक्ष कहा जा सकता है ।। ऋषित्व और देवत्व के संयुक्त का परिणाम फल- सम्पदा के रूप में सामने आता है ।। ऋषि लाखों हुए हैं और देवता तो करोड़ों तक बताये जाते हैं ।। ऋषि पृथ्वी पर और देवता स्वर्ग में रहने वाले माने जाते हैं ।। स्थूल दृष्टि से दोनों के बीच ऐसा कोई तारतम्य नहीं है, जिससे उनकी संख्या समान ही रहे ।। उस असमंजस का निराकरण गायत्री के २४ अक्षरों से सम्बद्ध ऋषि एवं देवताओं से होता है ।। हर सद्गुण का विशिष्ट परिणाम होना समझ में आने योग्य बात है ।। यों प्रत्येक सद्गुण परिस्थिति के अनुसार अनेकानेक सत्परिणाम प्रस्तुत कर सकता है, फिर भी यह मान कर ही चलना होगा कि प्रत्येक सत्प्रवृत्ति की अपनी विशिष्ट स्थिति होती है और उसी के अनुरूप अतिरिक्त प्रतिक्रिया भी होती है ।। ऋषि रूपी पुरुषार्थ से देवता रूपी वरदान संयुक्त रूप से जुड़े रहने की बात हर दृष्टि से समझी जाने योग्य है ।।
मूर्धन्य ऋषियों की गणना २४ है ।। इसका उल्लेख गायत्री तंत्र में इस प्रकार मिलता है-

वामदेवोऽत्रिर्वसिष्ठः शुक्रः कण्वः पराशरः ।।
विश्वामित्रो महातेजाः कपिलः शौनको महान्॥ १३॥
याज्ञवल्क्या भरद्वाजो जमदग्निस्तपोनिधिः ।।
गौतमो मुद्गलश्चैव वेदव्यासश्च लोमशः॥ १४॥
अगस्त्यः कौशिको वत्सः पुलस्त्यो मांडुकस्तथा ।।
दुर्वासास्तपसां श्रेष्ठो नारदः कश्यपस्तथा॥ १५॥
इत्येते ऋषयः प्रोक्ता वर्णानां क्रमशोमुने ।।

अर्थात्- गायत्री के २४ अक्षरों के द्रष्टा २४ ऋषि यह है-
(१) वामदेव
(२) अत्रि
(३) वशिष्ठ
(४) शुक्र
(५) कण्व
(६) पाराशर
(७) विश्वामित्र
(८) कपिल
(९) शौनक
(१०) याज्ञवल्क्य
(११) भारद्वाज
(१२) जमदग्नि
(१३) गौतम
(१४) मुद्गल
(१५) वेदव्यास
(१६) लोमश
(१७) अगस्त्य
(१८) कौशिक
(१९) वत्स
(२०) पुलस्त्य
(२१) माण्डूक
(२२) दुर्वासा
(२३) नारद
(२४) कश्यप ।।
— गायत्री तंत्र प्रथम पटल

इन २४ ऋषियों को सामान्य जन- जीवन में जिन सत्प्रवृत्तियों के रूप में जाना जा सकता है, वे यह हैं- (१) प्रज्ञा (२) सृजन (३) व्यवस्था (४) नियंत्रण (५) सद्ज्ञान (६) उदारता (७) आत्मीयता (८) आस्तिकता (९) श्रद्धा (१०) शुचिता (११) संतोष (१२) सहृदयता (१३) सत्य (१४) पराक्रम (१५) सरसता (१६) स्वावलम्बन (१७) साहस (१८) ऐक्य (१९) संयम (२०) सहकारिता (२१) श्रमशीलता (२२) सादगी (२३) शील (२४) समन्वय ।। प्रत्यक्ष ऋषि यही २४ हैं ।।

Child Planning and Season

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Your IQ, your risk of heart disease, and other health problems are influenced by how well your grandmother ate during the third trimester of her pregnancy with your mother. The effects of the prenatal environment can even be multigenerational. If you want data, study generations grown after The Dutch famine of 1944, Bengal famine 1940s.

Basically, there is strong legacy link between atmosphere (and so available food, water) at the time of spring (time of progeny planning) of grandparent generation.

So if you are pregnant this year (or next year) in India, where drought is predicted, you must take care of your food intake. It is not only critical for your placenta supply line economics but for health all upcoming generations.

In ancient India, predicting drought was possible so State/Nation/Kingdom used to store grains for at least 12 years. Grains grown during famine year and year after famine, was not considered as food due to low nutrient value. Instead grains from State storage was utilized.

Present generation is suffering from chronic diseases. Roots were sown when their grandparents were eating first lot of Green revolution in India. Advent of chemical farming is showing results now.

I know, our dumb govt under the influence of their western masters, won’t think in this direction. Better take individual actions. If you can get old grains, use it for pregnant mothers in family. Save future of India.

Digital Family Time : Weapon to kill great future

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We watch TV while child is sleeping in another room. We continue with our activities even when child is crying and seeking our attention. We are on whatsapp when child’s eyes seek our attention for their activities. All these sums up as neglect. Neglect means impaired brain development

Research shows that parents who use their smartphone to escape the stress of their child’s bad behavior may be making it worse

 

 

Do you think, this is great parenting style?

Take care! All our activities are secondary when a growing child demands attention! Not only our child, all children of near and dear ones!

I shared research here :  which concludes that Brain White Matter Changes Seen in Children Who Experience Neglect 

Here is the new research, talking more on it.


Research


Digital devices during family time could exacerbate bad behavior

Parents who spend a lot of time on their phones or watching television during family activities such as meals, playtime, and bedtime could influence their long-term relationships with their children. This is according to Brandon T. McDaniel of Illinois State University and Jenny S. Radesky of the University of Michigan Medical School, both in the US, who say so called “technoference” can lead children to show more frustration, hyperactivity, whining, sulking or tantrums. The study in the journal Pediatric Research, which is published by Springer Nature, examines the role and impact digital devices play in parenting and child behavior.

Technoference* is defined as everyday interruptions in face-to-face interactions because of technology devices. Recent studies estimate that parents use television, computers, tablets and smartphones for nine hours per day on average. A third of this time is spent on smartphones, which due to their portability are often used during family activities such as meals, playtime, and bedtime – all important times involved in shaping a child’s social-emotional wellbeing. When parents are on their devices research shows that they have fewer conversations with their children and are more hostile when their offspring try to get their attention.

In this study, 172 two-parent families (total of 337 parents) with a child age 5 years or younger answered online questionnaires as part of a research project about parenting and family relationships conducted between 2014 and 2016. Participants indicated how often per day different devices interrupted their conversations or activities with their children. Parents rated their child’s internalizing behavior such as how often they sulked or how easily their feelings were hurt, as well as their externalizing behavior, such as how angry or easily frustrated they were. The parents also reported on their own levels of stress and depression, the coparenting support they received from their partners, and their child’s screen media use.

In almost all cases, one device or more intruded in parent-child interactions at some stage during the day. Technology may serve as a refuge for parents who have to cope with difficult child behavior. However, the survey results showed that this tactic had its drawbacks. Electronic device use likely deprives parents of the opportunity to provide meaningful emotional support and positive feedback to their children which causes their offspring to revert to even more problematic behaviour such as throwing tantrums or sulking. This only added to parents’ stress levels, likely leading to more withdrawal with technology, and the cycle continues.

“These results support the idea that relationships between parent technoference and child externalizing behavior are transactional and influence each other over time,” says McDaniel. “In other words, parents who have children with more externalizing problems become more stressed, which may lead to their greater withdrawal with technology, which in turn may contribute to more child externalizing problems.”

https://www.springer.com/gp/about-springer/media/research-news/all-english-research-news/digital-devices-during-family-time-could-exacerbate-bad-behavior/15838792

Never Ignore Roots : Pregnancy, Mother’s attitude and Child Development Impact

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Recently, due to some family emergency, I visited near by hospital. There, I saw expectant mothers waiting for their sonography round! While waiting, all of them were engaged in super critical talk on whatsapp! 🙁

Yes, it may be difficult to spend time but then who stops mothers to divert mind in productive activities like reading Ramayana to the child? If not that, why not learn knitting or other activities related to child?

Child neglect starts very early in life. All in the womb! Modern mothers have hardly any time left to think about the womb. Talk with the child. Conversations! Instead of talking with child in womb, she is driven by entertainment! TV to whatsapp and whatsapp to HotStar! As if, chatting on whatsapp is more important than talking with kid!

No Garbha Sanskar music or seminar or super food will help if you can’t connect and communicate with your kid inside!!

I have written in past, how neglect will cause damage to brain. Read them here:

Never compromise motherhood! Be with your child!

Your Child Demands Yashoda Care : Neuroscience of parenting

Now, read this latest research


Research


Mothers who ‘connect’ with their baby during pregnancy are more likely to interact in a more positive way with their infant after it is born, according to a study carried out at the University of Cambridge. Interaction is important for helping infants learn and develop.

Researchers at the Centre for Family Research carried out a meta-analysis, reviewing all published studies in the field, in an attempt to demonstrate conclusively whether there was a link with the way parents think about their child during pregnancy and their behaviour towards them postnatally.

The results of their work, which draws data from 14 studies involving 1,862 mothers and fathers, are published in the journal Developmental Review.

Studies included in the meta-analysis examined parents’ thoughts and feelings about their child during pregnancy through interviews and questionnaires. For example, in interviews expectant parents were considered to have a ‘balanced’ representation of their child if they showed positive anticipation of their relationship with the child or showed ‘mind-mindedness’ – a propensity to see their child as an individual, with its own thoughts and feelings. This was contrasted by parents who had a ‘distorted’ representation of their child, with a narrow, idealised description of their child, and incomplete or inconsistent descriptions of them.

Once the child had been born, researchers in these studies would observe the interactions between parent and child. One measure they were looking for was ‘sensitivity’ – the ability to notice, interpret and respond in a  timely and appropriate manner to children’s signals, for example if the baby was upset.

Combining the results from all 14 studies, the Cambridge team showed a modest association between positive thoughts and feelings about the infant during pregnancy and later interaction with the infant, but only in mothers.

“Studies have shown that parent-child interaction is crucial for a child’s development and learning, so we wanted to understand if there were prenatal signs that might predict a parent’s behaviour,” says Dr Sarah Foley, the study’s first author, who carried out the research as part of her PhD.

“Although we found a relationship between a mother’s attitude towards her baby during pregnancy and her later interactions, this link was only modest. This suggests it is likely to be a part of the jigsaw, rather than the whole story.”

Research has also shown that increased awareness of the baby during pregnancy is associated with healthy behaviours during pregnancy, such as giving up smoking or attending antenatal appointments.

While more work is needed to determine what form such interventions might take, options might include the midwife encouraging the mother to think about what her baby may be like, or asking the mother to imagine activities they think she and her baby might like to do together.

“This is a relatively new area of research, but could have important implications for children’s development,” adds Dr Foley. “We need more research in this area, but hope it will inform new interventions that could help new mothers engage more with their children.”

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/mothers-attitude-towards-baby-during-pregnancy-may-have-implications-for-childs-development

 

Parenting barometer: Are you ecologically sensitive parent?

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Parenting barometer

ZERO Score: When your kid spend more time in front of screens (Mobile/Tablet/TV/Laptop) than in front of green.

ZERO Score: When your kid knows Chota Bheem more than a street dog’s daily fun tricks.

ZERO Score: When your kid demand biscuit and chocolate and packaged wafers more often than food prepared by mother or grand mother.

So, how many zeroes did you get? 🙂 Get well soon. There is never late in changing bad practices.

All living organisms except humans play their critical role in ecology. It is just we who act as arrogantly moronic consumers who knows only how to consume and never ever play active role as part of ecology.

What do we deserve? A kick on the ass and face in the mud? Well, we deserve worse than a kick and a spoiled face.

Do you grow your kids as ecologically sensitive citizens or help them become partners in crime? Does your kid bow to the mother earth daily with highest reverence? Does your kid feed Gau and other animals before taking meal? Does your kid plant a tree every year?

Well, they don’t do all of this because parents are arrogant and selfish humans who never act as part of ecology. Unfortunate kids who grow in artificial toxic selfish urban homes under the patronage of selfish helpless ignorant parents.

Child Development in City invites future mental disorders

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I have hypothesis or say interpretation about Sita’s Agni Pariksha followed by transfer to Vashishtha Rishi’s ashram. To me, this was well-planned decision. Sita living in hermitage, in forest, giving birth to Luv and Kush, is perfect plan to me.

Child development in forest, with all sort of mother nature’s immune and intellect boosters.

Similarly, birth of Shri Krishna was in highly urbanized Mathura and grooming of Avtar is not possible in urban place. So? Arrangements were made so that Krishna can be groomed in natural environment, in vicinity of cows. Nanda’s home was perfect for it.

Key takeaways
  • Adult men who had grown up in the country with pets had a healthier immune response to stress than those who grew up pet-free in the city, a new study shows.
  • The study is the first in humans to suggest the ‘hygiene hypothesis’ applies to mental health too.
  • Exposure to beneficial microorganisms in childhood may lead to better mental health in adulthood.

No ancient Gurukul(s) were established in cities. All of them in jungle. We are known as अरण्य संस्कृति. I have written in past that Gau-shala was inseparable part of gurukul institution. All students had primary responsibility to offer seva at Gurukul’s gau shala.

In short, from birth to end of Brahmcharya (Age 0 to age 25), it was essential for child to live in natural forest like environment with constant touch with animals and trees.

Now, read this research. They talk about pets. Dogs and cats. But cats and dogs have their own issues (and diseases). The perfect synergy is with cows.


Research


How growing up with pets, dust may boost mental health

Children raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness than pet-free city dwellers, according to new research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The study, co-authored by researchers from the University of Ulm in Germany and CU Boulder, adds to mounting evidence supporting the “hygiene hypothesis,” which posits that overly sterile environments can breed health problems.

Key takeaways
  • Adult men who had grown up in the country with pets had a healthier immune response to stress than those who grew up pet-free in the city, a new study shows.
  • The study is the first in humans to suggest the ‘hygiene hypothesis’ applies to mental health too.
  • Exposure to beneficial microorganisms in childhood may lead to better mental health in adulthood.

The research also suggests that raising kids around pets might be good for mental health—for reasons people might not expect.

Ref: https://www.colorado.edu/today/2018/04/30/how-growing-pets-dust-may-boost-mental-health

Pregnancy and Parenting

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गर्भे षष्ठे मासे बुद्धि |
Ideally, the intellect comes at 6th month of gestation. When all ideal conditions are provided to mother.

When child comes to the world, it expects same womb like feeling. Instead of giving it all comforts it has in mother’s womb, we bombard selfie camera flash, noise and unnecessary touch!

Maintain sacredness between child and mother. Leave them alone for first 3-4 months. No relatives, no noise, no touching! Womb-like! Mother-child!

Story does not end when the child is delivered. We just switch the womb. In not so ideal conditions, like most of us are in, बुध्धि comes much later in life. This world,the macro-womb, helps us to gain level-headedness essential for self-realization.

Unfortunately, we lack द्रष्टि to realize mother’s womb. And fail to learn from all her vital hints. Instead, we perform suicidal acts and invite premature death. And the cycle goes on forever…the birth and death cycle…

There is nothing called ‘wasted life’. Just a wasted cycle.

We all are in the womb. Nurturing lives. Here and thereafter.

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