Impact of Brain games and Right Brain development in Children

When right brain senses are well developed and integrated with left brain functions, tremendous abilities can manifest. Right brain games and exercises can quickly increase creativity, rapid thought processes, greater concentration and memory, musical aptitude and intuition. When the functions of the right brain are well developed and integrated with left brain functions, we find a genius mind developing.     Right and Left Brain Functions:  Left and Right Brain functions can be seen in the image below.     When children are exposed to right brain games like Rubik’s Cube, IQ enhancer modules and Brain exercises like solving cube blindfolded,  it stimulates and...

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Detox Diet

A very popular post in our Facebook Groups Page! We are recording this in our website so members & others can benefit in the future. Our Gurgaonmom member, Jimlee Borah has noticed this recipe in an Ayurvedic text book. She has tried it in the past and came down 2 sizes…..What could be more tempting!! She calls it the Wonder Diet and here it goes!! Wonder Diet Day 1 Only fruits as many as you want. No bananas. 5 litres of water. Day 2 2 large boiled potatoes for breakfast. Vegetables raw or cooked as many as you want. 5 litres of water. Day 3 Vegetables and fruits. As much as you want but no potatoes or bananas. 5 litres of water. Day 4 1.5 litres of milk and 8 bananas. 5 litres of water. Day 5 6 tomatoes and 1 small cup rice and 6 litres of water. Day 6 1 cup boiled/ steamed rice and vegetables. 5 litres of water. Day 7 1 glass juice, 1 cup boiled/ steamed rice and vegetables. 5 litres of water..   Important Do's & Don't's  No salt/spices intake for 7 days. No tea/coffee intake with milk, only black coffee allowed. Very very important the consumption of water as it is firstly a detox plan and then a diet. Weigh yourself before the diet. On the 8th day, you’ll actually be 5kgs less. After the diet,...

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First Visit to the Dentist!

Hi friends! I am glad that my previous article was appreciated and I hope it has answered some of your questions regarding oral hygiene. In my present article I will try and help make the first visit to the dentist a little less scary and pleasant to children and to their parents too. As a dentist I have observed, when a child is brought to a clinic usually the parents are more scared than the child. The child is plain uncomfortable sensing the tension in their parents. So what I suggest that the first visit to the dentist should...

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Talking to children about sex!

Why Children are often exposed to sex and overt sexuality quite early in life, whether it is in the form of popular songs, such as “Sheila ki javani”, or more direct and harmful ways, such as exposure to pornography and sexual abuse. While children do not have the maturity to understand what sex and sexuality are, they do experience some discomfort and/or curiosity when exposed to it. Depending upon how the situation is handled by the parents, they also have some feelings attached to the topic. Children and teenagers often have many questions, which they might try to ask,...

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Make some $$$ from the comfort of your home!

Though we are busy moms and have our own numerous reasons for not getting back to a 9 – 5 job , some of us still have the urge to make the money from the comfort of our home. I have done some research and listed out a few. I have also managed to skim through relevant websites, make a jist and recommend related websites: While I am recommending a few options, I am also letting you know, that this is not an easy income generation method. It takes consistent effort and time. The only advantage internet offers you...

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Kids say the Darndest Things! (June 2011)

Ritu Mehta says: May 26, 2011  So, this evening I had my both hands full and still my son Ahaan was after my life to do something for him. I replied, honey you can see my both hands are full right now, you have to wait for your turn. I was actually attending to his little sister Suhani’s nature call. So he replies very innocently, why dont you get one more hand, then I dont have to wait. See, we figured it out what we moms need. whoaaa!!!     Saran Kahlon Lamba says: May 26 2011 Suriya has written all over herself so says she has now become a written ( read return) gift!!...

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What happens when you drink Coke?

Coke itself isn’t the enemy here. It’s the dynamic combo of massive sugar doses combined with caffeine and phosphoric acid, which are found in almost all sodas. Moderation, people!In the first 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor, allowing you to keep it down. 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (And there’s plenty of that at this particular moment.)   Image Courtesy: cnunes62 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate; your blood pressure rises; as a response, your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness. 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production, stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way. 60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium, and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium. 60 minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded...

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Paneer Carrot Bhurji Recipe

Ingredients 200 gms Paneer 1 tbsp Oil 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds 2 Green Chillies 1 Onion 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder or curry masala powder 1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste 1 medium Tomato 1 Carrot grated 1/2 tsp Salt Preparation: Chop the onions, tomatoes and chillies finely. Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan, add the cumin seeds, chopped onions and the ginger garlic paste, fry till brown. Add the chillies and tomatoes and fry till they are soft and pulpy. Add turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt and little water so that all the masalas are well combined. Add grated paneer and fry for 5 minutes till the paneer blends into the masala. Add the grated carrot and keep on stove for 3 minutes more. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot along with...

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Happy Kids , Happy Parents

Becoming a mother or a father is one of the greatest thing to happen to a human being , but you bet being a parent is completely different. Its a long process of learning which starts from the day baby comes in a mother’s womb and goes on and on and on… Parenting is a art which needs to be learnt, acquired and trust me it can be mastered too As your child grows one thing to remember which will ease out a lot of stress from your life is We will start off with the few basics which, if followed will take you a long way and make both     yours and your child’s journey much easier and happier. The Golden rule – “ Please remember your child is a individual treat him like one , no matter how old your child his treat him with respect at all times “ A child will have a mind of his own, mood of his own, emotions of his own, likes and dislikes of his own. Avoid loading him with your desires and wants. Respect their mood swings don’t forget you have your times too. LISTEN Yes, listen , listen to the smallest of thing, silliest of story, even the anger hatred , for children are the simplest and most innocent and with them every emotion will have a expression...

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Grandma’s Home Remedies

Home remedies and natural cures for common health problems is preferred by many because of the use of easily available household ingredients to create an effective and almost immediate relief. Above all, avoiding medicines, absence of side effects is a major motivation for people to resort to these measures. Please find below some time tested Home Remedies     Kich Kich Dur Karo Combine one teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey. Add hot water to the ingredients to create a healing syrup, which soothes the throat, loosens mucous membranes, treats fever, and eases body aches Ginger and Cinnamon Tea In a glass of water, boil cinnamon, 1 inch of ginger with a pinch of pepper and honey to treat a sore throat and reduce the lingering effects of a cold. Salt and warm water: This is a universal remedy for easing constant sore throat. All that needs to be done is to mix the salt in warm water until it dissolves and use it for gargling. It’s regular use makes the throat feel better. Fight Constipation Grapes have laxative properties and prevent chronic constipation. Dry grapes are helpful in preventing constipation. Soak dry grapes in a vessel overnight and take this at early morning in an empty stomach Take 2-3 seeds each of sunflower, almonds, sesame and linseed or flax seeds. Grind it and make a thin powder. Eat...

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Yummy Summer Recipes: Ruchi’s Mango Pancakes

Summertime means Mango Time! The markets are loaded with different varieties and aromas of mango. Prepare this yummy and healthy dish for your little one! Mango Pancakes  Ingredients:  3/4 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup whole wheat or ragi flour 3/4 cup milk & a little more incase your batter lacks the consistency of regular pancakes 1 egg 1/2 tsp baking soda 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 mango chopped into small bite sized pieces Method: Take the two flours and baking soda and mix together.   Beat the egg and vanilla essence with a fork and add it to the flour.   Now add the sugar to this mixture. Slowly, pour the milk into this and keep mixing.   Let this batter stand for at least 30 minutes. Then mix it and see if it is of a pour-able consistency.   I sometimes add a tablespoon or olive oil or softened butter to the mix so that it doesn’t stick to the non-stick pan.   Now, take a ladle and pour a ladle-full of batter onto a non-stick pan. When the batter seems to be a little set add the bite-sized pieces of Alphonso or any mango that you have at hand. Carefully turn the pancake and press gently on the other side and let it cook for another 2 minutes or till the pancake is nice and browned...

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Dental Care for Children

How many times in a day should we brush the kid’s teeth? Ideally we should brush our teeth after every meal or after we eat anything. But that may not be practical. So twice a day, that is, once in the morning and once in the night just before bed is good enough. It is good to inculcate this habit from a very early age [Preferably soon after the first tooth erupts].  That being said on the frequency, it is advisable to rinse the  mouth after we have anything.  This is necessary because the food we consume like sugary sweets, starchy chips, chapati or fruits can get stuck in-between or on the teeth. It forms a slimey layer called tartar or plaque. This layer of plaque acts as the breeding ground for the bacterias that cause tooth decay and bad breath. When is the best time to introduce brushing habits? It is good to inculcate the habit of brushing at a very early stage, like I mentioned before, soon after the first tooth erupts. It becomes all the more important for toddlers because they are prone to tooth decay. Toddlers who keep the milk or juice sippers or bottles in their mouths and drift off to sleep are at a high risk of developing Rampant Caries where the upper front milk teeth  undergoes decay at a rampant pace. However the lower...

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Sairee Chahal

An adoring mom, an inspiring entrepreneur, a soft-spoken and a warm friend – Sairee Chahal, Co-founder of Fleximoms and Co-founder & Director of SAITA Consulting Pvt Ltd is our natural choice for the MOM (Mom Of the Month) in our first edition of GurgaonMoms.com.    Fleximoms offers India’s first Back to Work Program for Women. This programme is tragetted to help women who have taken a break from work and want to return or explore different ways to manage your work and life more effectively. Check out their website for flexi job openings. Mom of the Month: Sairee Chahal Mother to Four year old Vera How did life change after the baby? For the better. Amazing how a person can consume you so much but still not define you. Having a child allows you to emphasize your tone of appreciation for life and everything around you once more. Things once under-assumed come back in life size proportions – learning, curiosity, laughter, joy, simplicity. Having a baby is a chance to grow up once again Being an entrepreneur takes a lot of commitment, hard work and most importantly time – how do you juggle work and home? I think it is all related to personal motivation and interest. One sees value in doing something; one will go ahead and do it. Of course the call is what is one willing to give...

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Vaastu for Childrens’ Room

Vaastu means "house" and vaastu shastra aims to establish a harmony between the five basic elements viz Earth, Sky, Fire, Water and Air. Following this ancient architectural science, I will now give you a few tips on how to create congenial settings for the Childrens’ Room.  A woman plays so many roles in her life but the most important role she plays is of a Mother. She plays this role with full affection, care and soul effortlessly. For every mother, her child’s safety and wellbeing is most important. The first step to make sure that child gets safe and secure place at home is to make their room kid friendly. It just gets better when we start applying some Vaastu techniques too. A few tips: The apt direction for constructing children’s room is west. Apart from that, west, northwest, northeast and southeast directions can also be used for constructing kids’ room. Totally avoid the southwest direction In a kid’s room, the bed can be placed in the southwest corner. Place the bed in such a way that your child has his/ her head facing the east or south direction, while sleeping As a part of Vaastu guidelines for children room, it is recommended to avoid placing the mirror on the opposite side of the bed If you want to keep furniture items in a children’s room, keep them a...

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