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Sankat Nashan Ganesh Stotram

This is said to be an effective stotram that helps to keep up one's morale in the toughest situations of life. However, it is easy for the kids to recite and can be recited everyday during morning puja or in in the evening.

Lord Ganesha is the symbol of knowledge and is the first to be worshipped before starting with any auspicious task.

श्री गणेश संकटनाशन स्तोत्र

प्रणम्य शिरसा देवं गौरीपुत्रं विनायकम्
भक्तावासं स्मरेन्नित्यं आयुःकामार्थसिद्धये ॥१॥
प्रथमं वक्रतुण्डं एकदन्तं द्वितीयकम्
तृतीयं कृष्णपिङ्गाक्षं गजवक्त्रं चतुर्थकम् ॥२॥
लम्बोदरं पञ्चमं षष्ठं विकटमेव
सप्तमं विघ्नराजम् धूम्रवर्णं तथाष्टमम् ॥३॥
नवमं भालचन्द्रं दशमं तु विनायकम्
एकादशं गणपतिं द्वादशं तु गजाननम् ॥४॥
द्वादशैतानि नामानि त्रिसंध्यं यः पठेन्नरः
विघ्नभयं तस्य सर्वसिद्धिकरं प्रभुः ॥५॥
विद्यार्थी लभते विद्यां धनार्थी लभते धनम्
पुत्रार्थी लभते पुत्रान्मोक्षार्थी लभते गतिम् ॥६॥
जपेद्वगणपतिस्तोत्रं षड्भिर्मासै: फलं लभेत्।
संवत्सरेण सिद्धिं लभते नात्र संशयः ॥७॥
अष्टभ्यो ब्राह्मणेभ्यश्च लिखित्वा : समर्पयेत।
तस्य विद्या भवेत्सर्वा गणेशस्य प्रसादतः ॥८॥
गं गणपतये नमः
श्री सिद्धिविनायक नमो नमः
अष्टविनायक नमो नमः

गणपति बाप्पा मोरया

मंगल मूर्ति मोरया

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Manache Shlok: First 5 Shlokas

Manache Shlok was written by the great saint Samarth Ramdas Swami. The entire work has 140 shlokas. Each advises you about ethical and moral behavior in day to day life and expresses love for God.

These are first 5 shlokas from the work and are ideal for everyday recitation for kids:

जय जय रघुवीर समर्थ

श्री रामदासस्वामिंचे श्री मनाचे श्लोक
गणाधीश जो ईश सर्वा गुणांचा
मुळारंभ आरंभ तो निर्गुणाचा
नमूं शारदा मूळ चत्वार वाचा
गमू पंथ आनंत या राघवाचा

मना सज्जना भक्तिपंथेची जावे
तरी श्रीहरी पाविजेतो स्वभावे
जनीं निंद्य ते सर्व सोडूनी द्यावे
जनीं वंद्य ते सर्व भावे करावे

प्रभाते मनीं राम चिंतीत जावा
पुढे वैखरी राम आधी वदावा
सदाचार हा थोर सांडू नये तो
जनीं तोचि तो मानवी धन्य होतो

मना वासना दुष्ट कामा ये रे
मना सर्वथा पापबुद्धी नको रे
मना सर्वथा नीति सोडू नको हो
मना अंतरी सार वीचार राहो

मना पापसंकल्प सोडूनि द्यावा
मना सत्य संकल्प जीवी धरावा
मना कल्पना ते नको वीषयांची
विकारे घडे हो जनीं सर्व ची ची

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Shubham Karoti: Evening Prayer

शुभं करोति कल्याणं आरोग्यं धन संपदा
शत्रुबुद्धि विनाशाय दीप ज्योति नमोsस्तु ते
दिव्या दिव्या दिपोत्कार कानी कुंडले मोतीहार
दिव्याला देखुन नमस्कार ॥१॥

ये गे लक्ष्मी बैस गे बाजे, आमुचे घर तुला सारे
तिळाचे तेल, कापसाची वात, दिवा जळो मध्यान्घरात
दिवा लागला देवांपाशी, उजेड पडला तुळशीपाशी
माझा नमस्कार गोपाळकृष्णापाशी ॥२॥

दीपज्योति: परब्रह्म दीपज्योती जनार्दन दीपो हरतु मे पापं
संध्यादीप नमोsस्तु ते ॥३॥

अधिराजा महाराजा वनराजा वनस्पति
इष्टदर्शनं इष्टान्नं शत्रूणां पराभवम्
मुले तो ब्रह्मरुपाय मध्ये तो विष्णुरुपिण:
अग्रत: शिवरुपाय अश्वत्थाय नमो नम: ॥४॥

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A Big Thanks to Popeye - The "Spinach" Sailor Man!

                           Image Courtesy: www.comicvine.com

Since the last few months, my teenager has been refusing to have spinach. The excuses are different each time. As a result, I need to find out innovative ways to make him have those nutritious leaves. And it is then that I really really miss Popeye!

This cartoon, who is a sailor lands himself in several types of challenging situations. It is just when he is not able to find his way, that he opens his can of spinach and pops it up. The spinach gives hime the strength and wisdom to get himself out of any blues. Thanks to Popeye that spinach was and is popular amongst his kid fan club. When my boy was small, Popeye used to be one of his favorite shows and as Popeye always has spinach, this kiddo loved it too! So things were very easy for me, just point to Popeye and the spinach would be gulped in minutes.
Now he is growing up and cannot be convinced in these ways! Nutrition is the only way that I can explain him. The whole point behind this incident is also that animations and cartoons are not just a pass time. They influence the kids a lot and are also capable of teaching them a lot of things. Popeye is one of the examples where a positive aspect influences the kids at a tender age.

How I wish that every animation would give such fruitful message and make life easier for Moms.
Miss you Popeye !

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Feeding Accessories for 0-1 Year Olds

As a Mom, feeding forms a major part of your schedule from the day your baby comes into this world. As the growth of the baby progresses, especially in the first year, the feeding styles change and so does the food. In the initial months it is only breast feeding. Gradually, as you start with external foods, the routine, the intervals and the style changes.

Irrespective of any stage, feeding accessories is something that will always be on your list. There are some that are essential while some are add-on. Let us take a look at the major accessories that you will need:

Accessories for breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has always been the age old and best way to care for your little one's nutrition. Infants need to be breastfed at frequent intervals. There is a wide range of accessories related to breast feeds that makes the process convenient for the Mom and the baby irrespective of the schedule, place and time.
Nursing Bras and Dresses: These are designed especially for nursing your baby with convenience. They have wide opening in the front to allow ease of breastfeeding. The dresses are trendy and are available in patterns to suit any occasion. So now you do not need to excuse yourself for breastfeeding your little one.
Nursing Covers: These are special designed cloth covers that give you the privacy to breast feed when you are in public. The cuts and designs are casual and you can maintain eye and physical contact with your little one rather than hiding the baby.
Breast Pads: If you need to be out for a long time that will result in keeping you away from the intended breast feed, you can gear yourself with breast pads. These are absorbent cotton pads that prevent the leakage of milk on to your clothes.
Breast Feeding Pumps and Storage Bags and Bottles: If you are a working Mom or if you are going to be away from your baby for a long interval, you can make use of this accessories to ensure that your baby gets the next feed of mother's milk. There is a variety of breast pumps and storage accessories like bags and bottles.
You need to research the appropriate ones that suit your needs.
Nipple shields: They protect the nipples from cracking or getting hurt. You also get ointments in case you have any cuts or cracks.

Accessories for bottle feeds
 If you have started bottle feeding your baby, you have a whole new world of infant accessories:
Baby bottles and nipples: There is a huge variety of baby bottles in the market in terms of size, shapes, brands, and materials. you can talk to your doctor or close friends and research on the internet for suitable types.
Cleaning and warming accessories: There are sterilizers, bottle trays for dishwashers and bottle brushes of various types. If you have microwave friendly bottles, then there are warmers available for them.
Bibs and burp cloths: These are minor accessories, but important in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene when you bottle feed your baby.

Accessories for solid feeds
Once your little one is able to have foods other than milk, it is time for some more baby special accessories:
Bowls, dishes and spoons: All these utilities designed with special plastics or baby friendly materials and with pretty designs that do not harm your baby are available in a really wide variety. You can go in for the best brands and have safe and healthy feeds for your baby.
Sippy cups and glasses: They come in different volumes and shapes too! Here again you have a wide choice. You can have special cups that can be carried when you travel as well.
Highchair: This is an optional but a convenient accessory. These are designed in an infant friendly way and some can be adjusted in height as the baby grows up. The positive aspect is that you can feed the baby conveniently and without running around, but you need to be around to prevent any mishap.

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