Monday, October 26, 2009

'Mis'placed emotions

Very recently Ramam painted our wall orange with his crayons! I was delighted. He had never done it for the last 9 years. Although a very inappropriate thing for him to do I was happy for some reason. I did give him solid advice,paper is for colouring blah blah.......Another mother was overjoyed when her son in PUC bunked classes and went for a movie and did not inform her.She came to know of it 10 days later. Yet another mother pulled up her son for not consistently performing well in his exams. The boy answered back "Do you cook well everyday".The mother said it was a revelation to her.These words coming from our children somehow make it endearing. Like one mother told me they are not just honest but brutally honest..These small anecdotes give us some reason to smile about.

Best cookies so far...

These are the best cookies I have baked so far.Absolutely delicious.

walnut cookies
2 cups all purpose flour.
1 cup sugar.
1 cup home made ghee.
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder.
1/2 cup walnuts.
1/2 cup almonds.
est of one orange.
1 egg.
1/2 tsp salt.
Coarsely powder the nuts leaving a few big pieces for better results.Beat togethe sugar and ghee.Add baking powder,flour,orange zest,egg,salt and mi well.Make small balls of dough. Bake at 375F for 10 min.Leave enough spacing between two balls od dough a they almost double in volume. The original recipe can be found in Aayi's receipes .com

Friday, October 2, 2009


I tried making kesari for Navarathri with sunira foods sooji. It did come out ok. Another option which I am yet to try out a mix of this sooji and raagi to make upama.I did read a recipe of this raagi-rawa upama some where.Plain raagi upama is not very interesting.

To medicate or not

This is a major issue we all face as parents when handling a child with autism. From ayurveda to siddha, to homeopathy and even allopathy, we have tried some of these medications at some point of time.As with homeopaths we are expected to follow the doc's instructions in blind faith as most of them do not give prescriptions. Ayurveda and siddha seem safer options although one does hear of complaints of high heavy metal content in ayurvedic medicines.Recently a mother of an adolescent took her son for a review to a psychiatrist. He was on a minimum dose of the medicine for poor sleeping patterns, and aggresive behaviour.After a period of time the medicine 's effect had tapered off and her son's sleeping pattern had again began to waver.The psychiatrist offered to increase the dosage, which the mother didn't want to go in for. When we go with a persistent problem to the doctor, he is also left with little alternative, either to change the dosage or medication.In some cases when the child has seizures the parents are left with no alternative but to medicate. It is even a more difficult decision to make when some of the doctors have excellent reputation their fields. I have personally gone to some doctors to check them out in the hope maybe some thing might work wonders for Ramam.When deciding to medictae a child some general guide lines to be borne in mind are
It is an approved drug.
The parents are aware of the side effects if any
Closely monitor any behavioral patterns
Any allergies to any prescribed drugs
Maintain a record of medicines the child may have had in the past. There is also a tool the charm tracker that helps you maintain a track of all the activities one does with their children.

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