Top 10 tips to keep your child safe this holi


It’s that time of the year again, where colours will do the talking. With Holi just around the corner the excitement amongst children is palpable. Right from buying the latest type of pichkari in the market, to planning the best way to burst those water balloons, children wait with bated breath for this colourful festival. Apart from all the happiness it brings, Holi is also known to be one of the most dangerous festivals after Diwali. Did you know that the rate of accidents goes up dramatically during this time? Well, worry not; here are a few tips to keep your child safe this Holi::

1. Keep an eye on your child: 

It is crucial that while your child is playing Holi, there is adult supervision at all times. More so, if there is a large drum or tub being used to supply water during the festival. Children being unsteady and head heavy are likely to fall in.

2. Non-toxic is the way to go:  

As far as possible, try to use safe, non-toxic colours. You could even opt for natural colours. Because of the lack of chemicals, these colours are easier to wash off and will cause less harm to the child’s skin.

3. Ban water balloons:

 They may be fun to play with, but when thrown at a person, their impact can cause injuries to the skin, eyes and ears.

4. Pichkaari etiquette:

Teach your child to use his/ her pichkaari away from other people’s faces, especially their eyes and ears.

5. Gel-based colours are better

If you must use synthetic colours, gel-based colours are better than powder colours. Again they are softer on the skin, easy to wash off, and cannot be inhaled like powder colours.

6. Keep colours away from the mouth:

It is essential that you do not let your children put any colours in his/her mouth. Synthetic colours, powder or gel-based alike, contain a number of harmful chemicals, when ingested they could cause severe reactions such as vomiting and could also lead to poisoning.

7. Eyes are particularly vulnerable: 

If the colours enter your child’s eye, wash the eye with plenty of water. Remember not to rub the eye. If your child experiences any change in vision, pain or excessive redness of the eyes, immediately take him/her to your doctor.

8. Clothes are important: 

Make your child wear full-sleeved  clothes and long pants to protect his/her sensitive skin.

9. Prepare them well: 

Apply oil or cream all over the body to prevent the colours from sticking to the skin. Oil the child’s hair well before he/she goes to play with colours. This will help protect the skin and hair from the harmful effects of the colours.

10. Be ready for emergencies:

Keep a list of emergency contacts ready, including those of your paediatrician, closest hospital and ambulance service.

Holi is a time for celebration. All you need to do is keep these 10 things in mind before you send your child out to celebrate the festival of colours.

10 Steps to Teach Good Manners to Your Child

Good manners are not taught only in schools or any religious places, they are also taught in the home. Every parent wishes their children to be polite using the words like “thank you” and “please”. Teaching children good manners is not a very tough task; understanding the basis of good manners will help you teach your children acquire them.

1. Be a Role Model

Children are like sponges; they soak up everything and get influenced easily. It is very important on how you behave. You should be kind, gracious, and truthful if you expect your children to be the same. They look up to you, and your behavior reflects on your children.

2. Give Them the 5 Words

“Thank you”, “Please”, “May I …”, “Excuse me”, and “Sorry” – these are the primary words that you should introduce in your kids’ vocabulary. Use these words when your kids are as young as only 6 months old. Help them master these words at an early age.

3. Make Them Practice at Home

You should not expect your children to be well mannered all of a sudden in public. They have to practice the same at home to get engaged in the role. They will take time to have lots of practice in the fine art of social graces.

4. Give Them Positive Reinforcement

Motivate their good manners by praising them. Mostly, parents respond only to their kids’ bad behavior, ignoring the positive actions and the good manners they show at times. Kids want attention; it is better if you give them when they are doing good things.

5. Teach Them to Wait for Their Turn

When you are talking, you should teach them to wait and listen to what you say, and then when you pause, then they have a chance to speak. Similarly, when they speak, you should not interrupt and be a good listener just as you expect them to be when you are talking.

6. Correct Them on the Spot but Politely

Do not pile up a list of bad manners and burst them all at a time. Your kids do not have the power to grab so much information at once. It is always better to rectify them if they have gone wrong right at that moment politely and clear the situation. This is more effective.

7. Mind Your Language

Never ever use abusive language in front of your children – it is a strict “no-no.” Even if you catch your kids using any unpleasant words, take a moment and talk to them, tell them not to use the word again and ask them to be sorry as well. Remember to be well-spoken yourself.

8. Teach Them Table Manners

Teach your kids the most important table manners like keeping a napkin on the lap, elbows off the table, do not eat with mouth opened, do not make noise while eating, do not talk while chewing, etc. at an early stage. Teach them how to set a table for a family dinner when they grow up a little.

9. Teach Your Children to Be Sensitive

Being sensitive is one of the most valuable qualities and can be taught at an infant age. Sensitive children know how to respect, they care for others’ feelings, they understand the value of sharing – these will naturally help them become a well-mannered person.

10. Learn to Coach

Assist your children to set goals in their life and a time limit for them. Set the rules as well. Help them work on their goals. Keep them motivated and encouraged. Teach them real life values as they grow up. Keep no stones unturned to coach them to be a good person if life.

Do not expect changes in your children overnight. Be patient, give them time, keep teaching the moral values every day, listen to them, talk to them, never fail to show love and trust and watch in years how your kids have turned out to be such a good-mannered person.