SCHOOL ON A RAINY DAY



All of us have fond memories of the monsoons and rains from our childhood — unplanned school holidays, splashing in muddy puddles, getting drenched, or simply sitting at home with friends and siblings, having lots of fun. 


Today, how many of us today get to watch our little ones bask in some monsoon moments?

The freshly washed leaves on the trees, that nice smell of the wet soil, rainy creatures cherishing the beautiful scenario, your little one too is bound to fall in love with the rains and monsoon season.


As parents, we cherish the memories that monsoon poured over our childhood, yet when it comes to our children today, we worry about all the ill effects that monsoon brings along. 

The humid weather, flooded roads, mosquitoes, different types of diseases, etc. With a little care and precaution you can let your children enjoy this beautiful season and also keep them safe from diseases.


Cold and flu are the most common diseases occurring in monsoon. Whenever you go out in the rainy season ensure to carry the rain coat or an umbrella along with you and for both you and your child, it will save you both, from the rain. You should also keep in mind certain things before buying a rain coat for your child, such as the suitability of the fabric for the prevailing climate, other accessories such as boots to protect the little one’s feet, etc.



In addition to the above, a few more things to be kept in mind while sending children to school on a rainy day are:


1. If possible first put their books in a plastic bag then keep it in their school bag, it will keep their books dry and safe.


2. Make sure your kids carry handkerchief/tissues with them so that they can wipe the water on their hands while touching books and other things once they reach into classroom.


3. Tell your children about the hazards of getting wet in rain so they don’t find opportunities to drench in rain.


4. Pack a healthy lunch/mid-day meal in a vacuum tight container so that it won’t get spoiled due to moisture.


5. If possible give them boiled water after cooling in their water bottles so any impurity gets eliminated. You may want to alert your child to not drink water from anywhere else which might have risks of contamination.


6. As soon as your children come back home from school in the rainy season try to bathe them in lukewarm water with a good antiseptic solution like Dettol or Savlon, which reduces the chances of germs affecting their skin.


7. In the rainy season try to keep children inside home and give them lots of fun learning toys, games, books, art & craft sets, do-it-yourself kits etc., which can keep them engaged and render non-stop fun and knowledge throughout the season.


Following the above measures will possibly keep your kids healthy in the rainy season and they can also enjoy the season very much. Monsoon despite being a peak season for illness is also a golden opportunity to make some beautiful memories with your child. Make the most of this season by occasionally indulging in some hot snacks with your child on a rainy evening or by teaching them the art of making paper boats that they can play with once the rain subsides. 


Happy Monsoon! 


KEEPING YOUR LITTLE ONE SAFE


Children are bundles of innocence that tend to draw attention, affection & warmth from the people around them. As parents, guardians and caretakers of these precious little ones it becomes extremely important for us to ensure they stay safe at all times. 

However, it isn’t always that we can physically be around to watch over them. This makes it necessary for us to equip them with the knowledge and habits that will keep them safe even in our absence. 

Firstly, introduce your child to the concept of personal boundaries, healthy touches, his/her body parts and safety. While doing this, be sure to maintain a casual and reassuring tone and not one that will instil fear in them. One of the best ways to increase your preschooler’s safety awareness is to map out rules that are applicable in different situations. 

PLAYING OUTSIDE

Guide children to play in your sight 

Inform them to rush to you if any older child/adult makes them feel uncomfortable

Educate them to never interact with a stranger without your approval


STRANGER DANGER

If somebody makes your child feel uncomfortable, they don’t need to be with that person

Instruct them to never believe what a stranger tells

Name and address should never be disclosed to a stranger

To never go anywhere with anyone – known or unknown, without the knowledge of your parents

Say NO to gifts/treats from strangers

WITH FRIENDS

Build the buddy system; let children play in groups when outside

Encourage your child to help his/her friends when they recognise danger by calling out an adult for help


YELL & TELL

Teach children to yell for help when someone asks him/her to do something inappropriate or does something that makes them uncomfortable

Encourage your child to tell you when something/someone is hurting him/her 


DEFINE SAFE ZONES

Safe Zone is a place where your child can go to for help in your absence; it could be a friend, relative or neighbour who you fully trust

Familiarize children to their surroundings; show them routes of your home and point-out friend’s/neighbour’s houses

Advise children to quickly get away and go to a safe zone if they find someone following them

Create a safe circle; inform your child who they can approach and share what they feel, be it just talking or discussing something that they are not happy about (Example – his/her teacher)


REACH-OUT TO MOMMY & DADDY

Help your child memorize your and your spouse’s name & number also your area of residence

Teach your child to always stay close to you when you go out together. Also, that it’s okay to shout for help if he becomes separated from you

If they get separated from you let them know they need to stay in one spot and take help of someone he/she can trust – preferably a uniformed person – police, teacher, security, etc.

Tell them to call and inform you when they are alone in case you are late to pick them from school or a friend’s party; let them know that they should not go along with anyone that is not their parent or guardian

KEEP NO SECRETS

Talk to your child and always be ready to listen; have conversations about their day and all that they did in order to form a habit of sharing and speaking to you freely

Always let your child know that there are no secrets between parents and children; this practice is developed when you give time to listen and talk about you