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.

Teen Bulling: Feeding Toxins to brain since birth

Worried about more and more psychopath news delivered with morning tea? From suicides to pedophiles. Devil is in the detail of toxic pollutants all around. Chemicals in wall paint, chemicals in food, vehicular fumes, Industrial waste, modern pharma (especially vaccines and supplements!) and modern agriculture!!

We are responsible for it. We demanded and accepted mindless pollution-heavy economy, didn’t we? The sudden rise in mental disorder is due to depleted Prana in our environment due to toxic pollution. And yes, remember, pollution doesn’t only mean the black smog your eyes can see or suffocate! More pervasive and silent pollution is present in our food and water! And medicines!


Badly behaved teens? Air pollution could be to blame

Tiny, toxic particles creep into developing brains, cause inflammation and may damage brain pathways responsible for emotion and decisions, USC researcher finds

Tiny pollution particles called particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) — 30 times smaller than a strand of hair — are extremely harmful to your health, according to Diana Younan, lead author of the study.

“These tiny, toxic particles creep into your body, affecting your lungs and your heart,” said Younan, a preventive medicine research associate at the Keck School of Medicine. “Studies are beginning to show exposure to various air pollutants also causes inflammation in the brain. PM2.5 is particularly harmful to developing brains because it can damage brain structure and neural networks and, as our study suggests, influence adolescent behaviors.”

The study, published Dec. 13 in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, suggests that ambient air pollution may increase delinquent behavior among 9- to 18-year-olds in urban neighborhoods in Greater Los Angeles. The insidious effects are compounded by poor parent-child relationships and parental mental and social distress, researchers said.

“Previous studies by others have shown that early exposure to lead disrupts brain development and increases aggressive behavior and juvenile delinquency,” Younan said. “It’s possible that growing up in places with unhealthy levels of small particles outdoors may have similar negative behavioral outcomes, though more research is needed to confirm this. Both lead and PM2.5 are environmental factors that we can clean up through a concerted intervention effort and policy change.”

More than just a lung and heart concern

The study followed 682 children in Greater Los Angeles for nine years starting when they were 9. Parents completed a child-behavior checklist every few years and noted if their child had engaged in 13 rule-breaking behaviors, including lying and cheating, truancy, stealing, vandalism, arson or substance abuse. Up to four assessments were recorded per participant.

Researchers used 25 air quality monitors to measure daily air pollution in Southern California from 2000 to 2014. They computed each participant’s residential address and used mathematical modeling to estimate the ambient PM2.5 levels outside each home. About 75 percent of the participants breathed ambient air pollution that exceeded the federal recommended levels of 12 micrograms per cubic meter. Some areas had nearly double the recommended amount of these particles.

“It is widely recognized that ambient air pollution is detrimental to the respiratory and cardiovascular health of young and old alike. But in recent years, scientists have come to acknowledge the negative impact of air pollution on human brains and behaviors,” said Jiu-Chiuan Chen, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and senior author of the study.

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.

Dinner Etiquette and So called Secular setup in school : धर्मनिरपेक्ष vs धार्मिक

धर्मनिरपेक्ष vs धार्मिक

Modern school’s secular setup acts worse than chemically loaded food toxins.

Instead of eating with scientifically superior method (eating by hands), this secular setup will force your kid to always keep arrogant distance from food, all in name of etiquette!

You pay hefty sum as fee! Don’t you? At least, raise voice against such secular insanity and stop nonsensical alien practices!

The so called secular setup at school and home force children to learn robotic ways of eating. Whereas, धार्मिक(s) go by mother nature’s instruction. Difference? Between man and God. Be on God’s path. Be धार्मिक. Read this article:

DON’T BE A MORON PARENT. BE WISE> User common sense.

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.”

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.

Mother’s hardwired care instinct : Reason for Resident Schooling
Original Image:

My friends and I firmly believe that early childhood parenting and formal education are two key points for success or failure of the society.

Study Shows How Moms’ Brains Are Hard-Wired to Gather Young

Few days back, we had discussion : Why kids must be sent to resident school, or as popularly known in Hindu homes i.e . Gurukul?

Why kid must change living as per Guru’s kul after certain age?

Reason is : Hardwired maternal (as well as paternal) instinct. And when parents can’t realize this biological flaw, they act as Dhritrashtra-Gandhari, who were also obsessed by their kids. Result is known to everyone.

As a firm believer of Santana dharma, I don’t really need to find answers for it but for fellow travelers, I try to find answers in their own language i.e. modern science.

A mother’s “basic instinct” to grab her wandering offspring and return them to the nest depends on a specific set of brain cell signals, a new study in mice finds.


Biological mother and even foster mothers (early childhood exposure to mother like figures i.e.  grand mothers, aunts, neighbors, teachers) – they all have hardwired brain, a brain to cater highest possible emotions and care. This care is very much needed in early childhood. However, if it continues for longer time of childhood, it become sweet poison for kid and may turn kid into fragile baby, only grown up in body but not in mind. That 25 years old kid will still ask mother for any crucial life decision. Nothing wrong in it on mother’s side. She must guide kid for entire life. However, it is folly on son/daughter’s life as they can’t drive their life by own. To me, it is not impediment in ultimate life goal i.e. स्वविकास/आत्मसाक्षात्कार/self-realization.

This research says that, when you become mother, your brain is hardwired for care and protecting of kids. Mother will do everything for kid’s protection.

The point I wish to bring to the table is: Overprotection or even normal protection in homely environment, will limit child’s true potential. Let him or her explore his/her true potential and that is possible when they are away after certain age (The Upanayana Sanskar age – varies from age 5 to 11)


*Do check video in link below*



A mother’s “basic instinct” to grab her wandering offspring and return them to the nest depends on a specific set of brain cell signals, a new study in mice finds.

“Our study shows precisely how a maternal instinct is generated in the mammalian brain,” says study senior investigator Dayu Lin, PhD, an assistant professor at the Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Health.

Dr. Lin says that because evolution has conserved biochemistry in most mammals, the findings may help to explain human maternal behaviors, such as breastfeeding and rocking a newborn, and could suggest new ways to help new mothers who have trouble nursing or bonding with their infants.

“Moreover, we believe that the findings overturn the longstanding idea that the dopamine system produces a ‘rush’ after a good behavior, and argue instead that dopamine may drive actions before any satisfaction is felt,” says Dr. Lin.

Save Motherhood, Revive Motherhood, Revive Nationhood


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!


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!




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.




Digital Pollution: Parents are Enemies of the Children

Parents are Enemies of the Children


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


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.


“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?

Popular Posts

My Favorites

The trap by mediums

What you see in above picture, that is what powerful medium does to our psyche when message becomes secondary due to influence of medium....

Uprooted are Easy Prey