ChildDevelopment

ChildDevelopment

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.

Environment, Not Genes: Effect of Early childhood on Adult Genes variations

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It is after modern science dogma of gene-driven life, we Indians started ignoring real factors affecting our life. All factors summarize as one word “Environment”.

Early life experiences influence DNA in the adult brain

 

Modern education is designed to inject ideas and philosophy of church. So superficial that we start ignoring impact of environment on our self.

Very popular Chanalya’s verse suggest how environment during childhood plays critical role in adult life.

लालयेत् पंचवर्षाणि दशवर्षाणि ताडयेत्। प्राप्ते तु षोडशे वर्षे पुत्रं मित्रवदाचरेत्॥

पुत्र का पांच वर्ष तक लालन करे । दस वर्ष तक ताड़न करे । सोलहवां वर्ष लग जाने पर उसके साथ मित्र के समान व्यवहार करना चाहिए ।

First 5 years at home. Next 10 years in resident school. 16+ in society where he or she will have to face the संसार!

Why? Because first 5 years (in fact first 6 years, before conception to age 5) is the time when maximum neuronal networks are developed. In next 10 years, there will be many associations made among neurons. All based on your experience and environment!

“We are taught that our DNA is something stable and unchanging which makes us who we are, but in reality it’s much more dynamic,” says Rusty Gage, a professor in Salk’s Laboratory of Genetics. “It turns out there are genes in your cells that are capable of copying themselves and moving around, which means that, in some ways, your DNA does change.”

What type of resident school?

A place full of trees and water bodies! Best in the laps of mother nature, on the banks of flowing river, surrounded by sacred grove! It is this time of the life which will help build best possible body and mind!

Not only this, we also believe in Sanskar(s). Mental environment and cure. We all take birth with past life’s karma storage and mental tendencies. Sanskar(s) help to purify child.

Here are the old notes on impact of terrain and region on intellect:

Importance of Sanskar

Prana-Apana , Grains and Sanskar

हनुमान तत्व & ब्रह्मचर्याश्रम

GEOGRAPHY and Cognitive Development link

Wetland , Intellectuals, Brahmi

Now, read this latest research and get rid of modern fake dogma of gene-driven life. It is always environment-driven life.


Research


Early life experiences influence DNA in the adult brain

www.salk.edu/news-release/early-developmental-experiences-influence-dna-in-the-adult-brain/

For at least a decade, scientists have known that most cells in the mammalian brain undergo changes to their DNA that make each neuron, for example, slightly different from its neighbor. Some of these changes are caused by “jumping” genes—officially known as long interspersed nuclear elements (LINEs)—that move from one spot in the genome to another. In 2005, the Gage lab discovered that a jumping gene called L1, which was already known to copy and paste itself into new places in the genome, could jump in developing neuronal brain cells.

The team had hypothesized that such changes create potentially helpful diversity among brain cells, fine-tuning function, but might also contribute to neuropsychiatric conditions.

“While we’ve known for a while that cells can acquire changes to their DNA, it’s been speculated that maybe it’s not a random process,” says Tracy Bedrosian, a former Salk research associate and first author of the study. “Maybe there are factors in the brain or in the environment that cause changes to happen more or less frequently.”

Save Motherhood, Revive Motherhood, Revive Nationhood

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Sanatana dharma revolves around few institutions. One of them is family. Family revolves around mothers in family. But right now, we are living in very danger time where motherhood is targeted constantly under the umbrella of “Feminism”. Market forces in global world knows very well that India is biggest market and we can turn Indians into zombie consumerist, only when we break their family system. And to break family system, it is necessary to kill motherhood!

Last year, wrote several notes on it. Compiling them here.

It starts with grooming of girl child who is fame-hungry, sporting self as object under the influence of Bollywood. Save her!

Purpose of कला was to rip apart विकार of mind and body so that we become ready for self-realization.

What is being injected to young mind is no art! It is actually adding more layers of विकार on top of consciousness!

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श्रृंगार play vital role in health of an individual and it is never denied. But what is going in name of श्रृंगार is sheer consumerism. Not needed!

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Societal transformation starts with mighty mothers. 
Nurture girl child as bold, courageous and razor sharp citizens.Parents of girl child has critical role to play for future.

All parents of girl child are lucky and potent change agents. They can do wonder with powerful will.
सम्पदि यस्य न हर्षो विपदि विषादो रणे न भीरुत्वम्
तं भुवनत्रयतिलकं जनयति जननी सुतं विरलम्
sampadi yasya na harSho vipadi viShaado raNe na bheerutvam
tam bhuvanatrayatilakam janayati jananee sutam viralam

Only an exceptional mother gives birth to a child – who does not get extremely happy on reception of wealth, who does not get sad on the arrival of bad times, who does not become a coward in a war because of fear. The child with such qualities is a crown jewel of the world.

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Curse of nearsightedness: Modern Schooling & Careless Parenting

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More and more children now get specs very early in life. One of the reasons identified is lack of enough exposure to sun light.
 
Schools are now AC class rooms. Or operated from congested unplanned urban buildings. Homes have AC. Gadgets share play time. There are hardly grounds left where kids’ sights get enough exposure.
 
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Read the research:
 
Higher ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation exposure, directly related to time outdoors and sunlight exposure, was associated with reduced odds of myopia (nearsightedness), and exposure to UVB between ages 14 and 29 years was associated with the highest reduction in odds of adult myopia, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.
 
Myopia is a complex trait influenced by numerous environmental and genetic factors and is becoming more common worldwide, most dramatically in urban Asia, but rises in prevalence have also been identified in the United States and Europe. This has major implications, both visually and financially, for the global burden from this potentially sight-threatening condition.
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Increased UVB Exposure Associated with Reduced Risk of Nearsightedness, Particularly In Teens, Young Adults

 
Astrid E. Fletcher, Ph.D., of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and colleagues examined the association of myopia with UVB radiation, serum vitamin D concentrations and vitamin D pathway genetic variants, adjusting for years in education. The study included a random sample of participants 65 years and older from 6 study centers from the European Eye Study. Of 4,187 participants, 4,166 attended an eye examination including refraction, gave a blood sample, and were interviewed by trained fieldworkers using a structured questionnaire. After exclusion for various factors, the final study group included 371 participants with myopia and 2,797 without.
 
The researchers found that an increase in UVB exposure at age 14 to 19 years and 20 to 39 years was associated with reduced odds of myopia; those in the highest tertile (group) of years of education had twice the odds of myopia. No independent associations between myopia and serum vitamin D3 concentrations or variants in genes associated with vitamin D metabolism were found. An unexpected finding was that the highest quintile (group) of plasma lutein concentrations was associated with reduced odds of myopia.
 
“The association between UVB, education, and myopia remained even after respective adjustment. This suggests that the high rate of myopia associated with educational attainment is not solely mediated by lack of time outdoors,” the authors write.
 
“As the protective effect of time spent outdoors is increasingly used in clinical interventions, a greater understanding of the mechanisms and life stages at which benefit is conferred is warranted.”
 
http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/increased-uvb-exposure-associated-with-reduced-risk-of-nearsightedness-particularly-in-teens-young-adults/

There is no safe dosage of poison : Avoid Sugary Food

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We reported this sometime back:

Increasing Eye diseases? High fat-High Sugar diet and Microbes

So, few parent readers responded : “Once in a while, it is ok!”

“Everything in limit is fine? You must occasionally allow kids to eat chocolates. And if you are not doing so, your parenting style is against the growth of kids in modern times!”

Let us count few obvious occasions.

1) 40 peers @ school – 40 chocolates days
2) Add 20 neighborhood friends. 60 chocolate days per year.
3) Add 20 family and friends birthdays. 80 chocolate days per year.
4) Add 50 casual offering by parents, grandparents, relatives.

130 chocolate days per year. Is this limit? 35% is good limit?

Btw, as per this news, over 40% Irish parents give their children sweets daily.


News


Over 40% of Irish parents give their children sweets daily

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/over-40-of-irish-parents-give-their-children-sweets-daily-1.2640765

More than 40 per cent of Irish parents are giving their children unhealthy treats like chocolate, crisps and sweets more than once a day.

The new research from Safefood, the food safety promotion board, published on Monday showed the majority of parents (73 per cent) did not consider these types of foods as treats.

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, director of human health and nutrition at Safefood, said an over consumption of these treats was a “serious threat” to children’s health.

“As parents, we need to break the bad habits of giving these every day as it’s now become the norm and not really a ‘treat’ anymore,” she said.

“ Parents are really finding this difficult and these products are simply empty calories.”

Children aged five and under were the age group given the most daily “treats” at 50 per cent.

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

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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

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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 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

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

 

Kids sold out for parents’ selfish dreams

Originally wrote in 2014. Things are worse now.

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“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?

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