Human Speech’s Surprising Influence on Young Infants



In most households, kids talk more often with gadgets and TV. And due to this passive communication, their emotional and language growth is severely injured.

Injuries in mind-space, sense-space are difficult to spot. By the time we spot, it is too late.

Take care.

“…parents in impoverished homes speak less to their children..”
This is true for rich families too. So many of new parents in my generation and social structure speak very less with their kids. Above that, they live in confined nuclear set up. Kids get very less listening sessions. Only major listening happens in front of TV :D.
Human Speech’s Surprising Influence on Young Infants
SPEAK MORE with YOUR KIDS. THEY LOVE TO LISTEN. MORE you speak, more they learn.
“These new results, culled from several different labs including our own, tell us that infants as young as 2 or 3 months of age not only love to listen to speech, but that they learn about fundamental cognitive and social relations better in the context of listening to speech than in any other context we’ve discovered yet. Nobody would have thought that,”

JAMA Pediatrics: Electronics Toys Hampers language learning



When I resist electronics toys for my son, many in family and relatives either oppose or make fun of me as primitive.

When I say, technology-ready (Digital education 😀 lol) school is a curse, they reject the idea as bigoted one.

Kids don’t need gadgets and technology. They need real touch, real experience, real interactions!

Electronic toys for infants that produce lights, words and songs were associated with decreased quantity and quality of language compared to playing with books or traditional toys such as a wooden puzzle, a shape-sorter and a set of rubber blocks, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

So don’t become your child’s enemy by presenting them costly but ineffective Chinese toys. If your child is already addicted to such toys, de-addict. Asap!


How Does Type of Toy Affect Quantity, Quality of Language in Infant Playtime?

Electronic toys for infants that produce lights, words and songs were associated with decreased quantity and quality of language compared to playing with books or traditional toys such as a wooden puzzle, a shape-sorter and a set of rubber blocks, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

The reality for many families of young children is that opportunities for direct parent-child play time is limited because of financial, work, and other familial factors. Optimizing the quality of limited parent-child play time is important.

Anna V. Sosa, Ph.D., of Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, and colleagues conducted a controlled experiment involving 26 parent-infant pairs with children who were 10 to 16 months old. Researchers did not directly observe parent-infant play time because it was conducted in participants’ homes. Audio recording equipment was used to pick up sound. Participants were given three sets of toys: electronic toys (a baby laptop, a talking farm and a baby cell phone); traditional toys (chunky wooden puzzle, shape-sorter and rubber blocks with pictures); and five board books with farm animal, shape or color themes.

While playing with electronic toys there were fewer adult words used, fewer conversational turns with verbal back-and-forth, fewer parental responses and less production of content-specific words than when playing with traditional toys or books. Children also vocalized less while playing with electronic toys than with books, according to the results.

Results also indicate that parents produced fewer words during play with traditional toys than while playing with books with infants. Parents also used less content-specific words when playing with traditional toys with their infants than when playing with books.

Modern life, Precocious puberty, Juvenile Crime and Cancer



What to talk about those parents who subscribe their children to Computer, Mobile, Video games, as early as age of 5 or 6? What to talk about schools who teach by screens from kindergarten?


Is there any relation among Food, Mind, Body, Child Development and Sexual assault crimes?

1.A) Researches show that fast food/Toxic Food/GM food/Chemical milk triggers early puberty (Precocious puberty)
1.B) Researches show that excessive screen entertainment (TV/Movies/Video Games/Mobiles) accelerate puberty.
2) Researches also show that precocious puberty triggers violence, drugs use and excessive sexual activities in children.
3) Researches also show that effects of precocious puberty on delinquency are direct, without any other factors involved (like social class, family and race).

Precocious puberty tangles growing brain in sex related imaginings very early in life. This leads to potential development deficit. For more insights, this is worth researching subject.

Overuse of screen entertainment/interaction (TV/Movies/Video Games/Mobiles) accelerate puberty. Light and radiation from television screens and possibly even computer screens disturbs the production of melatonin, believed to be the hormone that can prevent early onset of puberty. With accelerated puberty, you reduce your child’s childhood and make them dumb adults, burden for society!

1) Early puberty is believed to put girls at higher risk of sexual abuse
2) Precocious puberty triggers violence, drugs use and excessive sexual activities in children.
3) Early-Onset Puberty Puts Girls at Risk of Medical Problems like breast cancer
4) Early sexual maturation in boys can be accompanied by increased aggressiveness due to the surge of hormones that affect them. Because they appear older than their peers, pubescent boys may face increased social pressure to conform to adult norms; society may view them as more emotionally advanced, despite the fact that their cognitive and social development may lag behind their appearance.
5) Studies have shown that early maturing boys are more likely to be sexually active and are more likely to participate in risky behaviors.

On the contrary, CEOs of Silicon Valley IT companies, send their children to technology-free schools!

A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute


Childhood, Brain Plasticity and Window for Imparting healthy habits


“the unique plasticity of the human brain during childhood makes it the ideal window of opportunity to instill lifelong lasting healthy habits.”

This fact by modern research backs many queries parents have about child development. We at सरस्वती उपासक शिबिर in Nov, 2018, discussed them at length and concluded two major stages of child development, we cannot miss. If miss them, we are doing harm to the future of the world.

research has also shown that children with unhealthy habits who adopt healthy habits before adulthood have similar health outcomes to those who were never unhealthy.

यशोदा अभिभावाकता (-1 to 3 years)

First 5 years of life is all about लालन-पालन. Alphabests can wait, sanskar can’t. We call it चित्त development as per Vedic scriptures. Modern sciences says: unique plasticity of the human brain   

Three things mother must keep in mind: आहार, व्यवहार, संस्कार

शार्दूल शिशुविहार (Age 3 to 7)

This is the time when children must realize that his/her community can also love as much as mother love!~ Again, very critical for healthy mind and body development. So kid must be placed among like-minded foster mothers! I don’t wish to call them teachers! They are in extended role of mothers! And the commune must happen in witness of mother nature!


Now read this research. It’s prescription is limited to mere good heart health! 🙂 But when we follow child development as per Vedic traditions, it is impossible not to produce mighty citizens!


Childhood Intervention Key to Lifelong Heart Health

Heart healthy habits in adults are rooted in the environment we live in in early childhood and, therefore, it is important to focus on health promotion in young children during this period to potentially prevent cardiovascular disease in adulthood, according to a review paper published Dec. 6 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

In the review paper, the authors describe what the future of health promotion looks like and specifically address three focus areas: reasons why children should be a focus for health promotion; strategies for health promotion in children along with legislative efforts; and research gaps. According to the authors, the unique plasticity of the human brain during childhood makes it the ideal window of opportunity to instill lifelong lasting healthy habits.

Modifiable risk factors in children and adolescents can include smoking, obesity, physical activity and unhealthy diet, as well as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood glucose. Research has shown that less than one percent of children have ideal dietary habits and only about 50 percent of adolescents get the guideline recommended amount of physical activity. However, research has also shown that children with unhealthy habits who adopt healthy habits before adulthood have similar health outcomes to those who were never unhealthy.

According to researchers, to effectively change the health habits of children, a multicomponent educational approach that involves family and teachers must be used. In the review, several strategies for school-based initiatives, family- and community-based interventions, and legislation and public policy initiatives are discussed.

Finally, the authors address the current gaps in research that might influence the success of health promotion interventions in children, including a lack of research on how family strain and emotional issues associated with socioeconomic status may influence unhealthy habits and limited longitudinal data directly linking unhealthy behaviors in children and cardiovascular outcomes in adults.

Curse of nearsightedness: Modern Schooling & Careless Parenting

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.
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.

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.”

First 5 years of parenting: Sacred Duty



During the first several years that our development continues outside the womb we are utterly helpless, decisively dependent on our families for our every need.

From conception to several years, human body development continues outside the womb. This development demands womb like physical and mental environment. Aatma in new human body expects slow and step by step gradually expansion of new body’s universe, in sync with expansion of inner universe.

Being a parent, you are the caretaker of this expansion processes, both the microcosm and macrocosm (Since child will continuously build perceptions about his/her universe outside).

Such a sacred duty! Being a messenger of the God! Helping parallel universes to move towards the goal of self-realization. If you are blessed parent, Good luck!

There is no safe dosage of poison : Avoid Sugary Food


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.


Over 40% of Irish parents give their children sweets daily

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.

Parenting Next : I am least-bothered about my son


I am least-bothered about my son.He is product of present societal setup. I simply cannot impose anything on him. Many friends who read my post assume that I claim being best parent! ha ha. It is next to impossible to grow a child by being a best parent. Not enough. For optimum child-development, not just parents but environment play critical role.

I can do two things that are under my control.

1) I can demonstrate values I wish my son to adopt
2) I can work in sustaining healthy environment for him. To sustain the environment on both physical plane and mental plane. For physical plane, I must offer him quality food, air and water. I consider it as my utmost duty. And that is not limited to buying best organic food from superstore but actually correcting the food chain. I also need to work on correcting mental sphere around my son. And for that, I read, listen, share and re-share life-enriching ideas, here and in real life.

Being a theoretical ideal parent is not enough. It takes a village to groom a best next generation. My son will be outcome of parenting, schooling and present societal norms.

I wish my friend understand this and get rid of preconceived idea of ideal parenting. Strive for ideal culturally rooted society if you wish best next generation.


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You can’t bring nature from supermarket


This is the irony of our society. We strive for moving back to roots but the way we select is nothing but same alternative in same system! Marketers are smart. They know very well that consumers are now fed up with their fake products loaded with chemicals.

But they must sell so that targets are achieved. So what to do? Use what consumers strive for!

आयुर्वेद! वेद ! प्राकृतिक ! Organic! Natural!!

Don’t fool yourself. Mother nature can’t come in packets from mall. If you really wish to bring change, go back to roots. Don’t be so lazy to rely on market to feed you. Find your food and utilities by self. Promote and invest time and money in local home based businesses whom you can trust and are nature friendly.



New study: Parents put nature in the shopping basket

“It actually happens. Children bite into their seats when they’ve been sitting for a while. That’s why I read whatever I can online. It’s where I’m most likely to discover whether or not a particular child seat is stuffed with chemicals,” says Anne, one of the mothers interviewed in a recent study on the consumer behaviour of parents conducted at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Food and Resource Economics.

The researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 17 parents about considerations governing consumer choice in a world bursting with products, experts, social media and self-declared health gurus. One consideration stood out – naturalness, understood in the sense of organic foods or chemical additive free products.

“Parents need to make good decisions amidst this complexity of possibilities and information. They use naturalness as a way to mitigate the complexity and protect their children from that which they deem to be dangerous, with danger being defined as ‘unnatural’,” explains the study’s main author, sociologist and Postdoc Sidse Schoubye Andersen.

Mother nature is not dangerous
Today, many people value their children being exposed to mud and dirt, and in getting dirty. According to Schoubye Andersen, nature used to be seen as something to protect ourselves from – for the sake of hygiene, for example. Today, parents see exposure to ‘natural’ filth and grime as important, contrary to having their child come into contact with chemical substances in various products.

“In this naturalness logic, products can do more harm than good, because they risk creating an imbalance in what is natural. Parents consider their toddlers to be perfect pieces of nature. By exposing them to large quantities of unnatural products, they run the risk of interfering negatively with nature,” says the researcher.

While researchers allowed parents the option of who would be interviewed, mom or dad, the majority of respondents were mothers. Of the fathers interviewed, they often admitted to being influenced by their partners’ attitudes towards what was in the child’s best interest.

“When fathers described household decision making, they often referred to leaning towards the mother’s views. So even though there are fathers who participate actively in decisions about what is in their children’s best interests, it is abundantly clear that the mother has the final say,” says Sidse Schoubye Andersen.



Reckless parenting: Early exposure to mobile and TV, Sleep disruption, Long term zombiness



TV in kids’ room may show your elite status to rest. For me, it is showcasing example of mindless careless parenting by arrogant neo-rich.

With their brains, sleep patterns, and eyes still developing, children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sleep-disrupting effects of screen time.

Children Uniquely Vulnerable to Sleep Disruption From Screens, New Paper Suggests

Their eyes are not fully developed! Even if it is innocent cartoon, it is against the development cycle!

Biological, neurological and environmental factors all play a role:

Because their eyes are not fully developed, children are more sensitive than adults to the impact of light on the internal body clock, the paper notes.

“Light is our brain clock’s primary timekeeper,” LeBourgeois says, explaining that when light hits the retina in the eye in the evening hours it suppresses the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, delaying sleepiness and pushing back the timing of the body clock. “We know younger individuals have larger pupils, and their lenses are more transparent, so their exposure and sensitivity to that light is even greater than in older individuals.”

“Through the young eyes of a child, exposure to a bright blue screen in the hours before bedtime is the perfect storm for both sleep and circadian disruption,” LeBourgeois says.

The “psychological stimulation” of digital media – whether it’s exposure to violent media or texting with friends – can also sabotage sleep by boosting cognitive arousal, the authors note.

LeBourgeois offers these recommendations for parents:

Limit children’s media use in the hour before bedtime.
Turn off all electronic media devices, including yours, at bedtime, and charge them in a central location outside bedrooms.
Remove all electronic media from your child or teen’s bedroom, including TVs, video games, computers, tablets, and cell phones.

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