As I sit on my porch to watch over my son playing outside, I realize how important it is to keep the environment clean and safe. I also feel grateful that we get to live in the safe environs of a gated community.
I grew up in a rather large, gated community myself as my father was working with the Ministry of Defense. We had the luxury of playing outdoors at odd timings and the campuses were filled with trees all around. I got to pluck guavas from own garden and mulberries from my friend’s garden. We were rugged and carefree. My parents didn’t have to worry much about me. It’s unfortunate that living in a metro, I can’t provide any of these experiences to my son. In fact, I have to be more careful.
However, I still advocate maximum possible free play time for him. Less screen time and more playing outside is what I think is ideal for kids of all ages. I believe that outside exposure to the dirt and mud is much needed to help build that crucial immunity. Kids seem to lack it these days and they fall prey to illnesses too easily. Unfortunately, one can’t even blame them, you can’t build immunity against pollution, can you?
But in all this, I cannot overemphasize the need to stay clean and protected. Make sure you follow this simple checklist before and after your child’s outdoor play:
- Clean cotton clothes are a must, especially in hot humid weather conditions…let the clothes and their skin breathe.
- Beware of those deadly germs…hence a thorough hand wash (and a body wash if possible) after they bring home the dirt.
- An innocuous but extremely effective mosquito patch – try the Goodknight Patches. I’ve been using the 100% natural patches on clothes to get 8 hours of protection from the pesky mosquitoes. One could even try the 4 dots of the revolutionary Goodknight Fabric Roll-On that are to be applied clothes. Both these products are paediatrician certified and completely safe to use.
- Food spoils quickly in summers so it’s essential to prepare fresh food with fresh ingredients to avoid stomach infections which can become serious. I myself recuperated from a bad bout of stomach infection and it took me days to recover.
One thing I know for sure is that I can’t let the fear factors lurching outside snatch away my son’s childhood.
Having said that, let’s make the best choice for our kids’ future and safety. That’s a complete no-compromise zone, isn’t it? Tell me what you think.