“Oh! I work from home to take care of my son/daughter!”

That is not a good help to your growing kids! Take day-off instead! Our modern technological ease have created illusion that we can do multi-tasking easily!

Yes, that is illusion! We cannot! There is always a compromise in all tasks focused together. There is nothing like multi-tasking.

This is now common in all homes where mothers or fathers are feeding child and talking on phone! As early as from day 1 of the birth! 🙁 Whatsapp! FB! Calls! Stop that dangerous habit now! You are hurting and insulting your child’s progress!

Mothers, put down your smartphones when caring for your babies! That’s the message from University of California, Irvine researchers, who have found that fragmented and chaotic maternal care can disrupt proper brain development, which can lead to emotional disorders later in life.

So your chit-chat on phone or work on conference call while taking care of infants and toddlers = emotional disorders later in life.

when mothers are nurturing their infants, numerous everyday interruptions – even those as seemingly harmless as phone calls and text messages – can have a long-lasting impact.

Please take this sincerely! Take care! (Y)

NO PHONE/ NO TV when the princess or prince is around, seeking your attention and love! Forget past mistakes, correct them now!

Put the cellphone away! Fragmented baby care can affect brain development

Fragmentation and high entropy of neonatal experience predict adolescent emotional outcome

Vulnerability to emotional disorders including depression derives from interactions between genes and environment, especially during sensitive developmental periods. Across evolution, maternal care is a key source of environmental sensory signals to the developing brain, and a vast body of work has linked quantitative and qualitative aspects of maternal care to emotional outcome in children and animals. However, the fundamental properties of maternal signals, that promote advantageous vs pathological outcomes in the offspring, are unknown and have been a topic of intense study. We studied emotional outcomes of adolescent rats reared under routine or impoverished environments, and used mathematical approaches to analyze the nurturing behaviors of the dams. Unexpectedly, whereas the quantity and typical qualities of maternal care behaviors were indistinguishable in the two environments, their patterns and rhythms differed drastically and influenced emotional outcomes. Specifically, unpredictable, fragmented maternal care patterns translated into high-entropy rates of sensory signals to the offspring in the impoverished cages. During adolescence, these offspring had significant reductions in sucrose preference and in peer-play, two independent measures of the ability to experience pleasure. This adolescent anhedonia, often a harbinger of later depression, was not accompanied by measures of anxiety or helplessness. Dopaminergic pleasure circuits underlying anhedonia are engaged by predictable sequences of events, and predictable sensory signals during neonatal periods may be critical for their maturation. Conversely, unpredictability maternal-derived signals may disrupt these developmental processes, provoking anhedonia. In sum, high-entropy and fragmented patterns of maternal-derived sensory input to the developing brain predicts, and might promote, the development of anhedonia in rodents, with potential clinical implications.