Parenting brings with itself a unique set of emotions and tasks. No wonder parenting is considered a different life altogether from your bachelor or couple days. This is one reason why couples want to be extremely sure if they really want to take a plunge into parenting or not.
The life of a parent has many moments of joy and happiness, but is also riddled with some common myths. These myths have been prevalent in our society for years and revolve around the child, its parents and even sometimes the extended family members. To think in the age of science we still put our trust in them- hilarious, isn’t it?
While many families debunk these myths in today’s time, thus proving that they are not true, there is still a portion of Indian society who believes in them. As a country, India has so many values and traditions, that sometimes it is quite easy to mix a tradition with a myth. This in turn leads to blind following of these myths by the masses.
As soon as a couple is blessed with their little one, they are bombarded with advice in all spheres of life; these majorly revolve around the new baby. The first year is particularly tough when parents must abide by certain kind of rules laid down by the family, even though scientifically they just might turn out to be another myth.
This is why I have listed out some of the most common outdoor myths you might have come across, especially if you are a parent:
1 .LETTING YOUR KIDS PLAY IN THE SUN WILL INVITE SKIN DISEASES
Of course, as we have moved into an age of global warming, temperatures are only rising. The Earth is getting hotter by the day but that does not mean that we should shut our kids from the outside world. As much as protection is required, it is equally important to see if our kids are getting their daily dose of sunshine. Something as simple as walking to the bus stop with your kids is one of the ways your kids can absorb the much needed Vitamin D. It is important to note here that as much as 90 % Indians suffer from Vitamin D deficiency.
2. GETTING DIRTY WHILE PLAYING IS NOT GOOD/SAND PLAY NOT GOOD FOR CHILDREN
Whosoever said that dirt is bad for kids, never played out in the open! Yes, you heard it right! In our opinion ‘It Takes Dirt to Embrace Dirt’. Well, how do you plan to teach your child the concept of getting dirty if you want to see them clean all the time? Until they go outside and play in dirt or sand, how can we expect them to differentiate between being dirty and being clean? Also, sand is not harmful for your child. It helps in gross motor skills development. When they hold sand in their hand, they develop a sense of touch, through which they learn how to hold and manipulate objects.
3. COLD WEATHER CAUSES COLD/COUGH OR FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS
This is by far one of the most common myths we have heard of while growing up. However, it is false that cold weather or the cold air causes flu like symptoms. Cold and cough is caused due to the virus which is present in the air that surrounds us. Irrespective of the temperature, if the virus is present it will cause flu. The same applies to the myth that ice creams can cause a cold. Doctors advise against going out because of a larger chance of encountering the virus, which might be prevalent in the air as compared to the protected environment of your home.
4. A CHILD’S IMMUNITY GETS AFFECTED WHEN HE GOES OUT TO PLAY
We often see children falling sick the first time they go out to play at the park of for a play date with other children. I am sure you must have thought what a bad decision it was to take your little one out in the open! But trust us, nothing builds or makes immunity stronger than taking a kid to newer environments. Of course, you shouldn’t take them out when they are sick or not well. That won’t be a good decision in any case.
So, mommies don’t fear and embrace outdoor play as much as we give importance to indoor quality time with our children. Presenting some products by which you can make outdoor play even safer for your kids while they enjoy:
This product is made using 100% natural ingredients and comes in two fragrances – citrus and bubblegum. All you have to do is apply just 4 dots on clothes that provide protection from those nasty mosquitoes for a good 8 hours.
2. GOODKNIGHT PATCHES -
100% natural, these Patches are certified as baby safe by paediatricians, these can be easily stuck onto your child’s clothes or the stroller to provide 8 hours of protection. These also come in attractive Chhota Bheem designs that your little one would love!
Now that we have debunked the outdoor myths, make sure you step out with your kid more often and spend some quality time together!