Friday, November 21, 2014

A Healthy Childhood

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I love kids, or more precisely, the warm bundles of pure goodness, otherwise known as babies! They remind me of all the good things with the world. Be it their innocence or simply unadulterated joy in the small things in life; many a time we can take a lesson or two from them. I love spending my time with them and it's a great stress buster too! Your worries disappear automatically in those few minutes that you get to spend with them. 

Children are fragile and sensitive beings; due to this very reason, it is important to ensure that they remain healthy at all times. Their immune system may not be as strong as ours. Of course, falling down is often a part of growing up. But when it comes to their health, compromises should not be made. All parents go the extra mile when it comes to the health of their children.

As they say, prevention is better than cure. It is always better to take care and avoid the illness rather than treating a sick child. Once a child falls sick, then the entire house goes to sleep. However, due to the lifestyle that we are now thriving in, in today's times, it is not unusual.

With a working pair of parents and the onset of nuclear families, children are often left to fend for themselves. It hurts me to see most of the children that I know are spending their time glued on to the television sets and hardly ever step out to play or meet other kids.

Eating healthy is also important for children, which means more vegetables and fruits, rather than the easy way out through junk food. Yes, it can be difficult in getting a child to eat those things which we often neglect ourselves. However, it is absolutely necessary to limit those pizza times and crispy chicken cravings. 

Most of my fond childhood memories are associated with playing hide and seek, running around outside, climbing trees and cycling as I grew older. It is sad that the children I know today are denied some of the greatest pleasures of childhood while growing up. Even the tiny tots are experts in handling mobile phones and iPads. Reading books seems to be unheard of. Parents reading to their children seems to be even more rare.

It is disturbing to note the number of children who start wearing spectacles due to short sight from a very young age itself. Though it is necessary for both parents to work and be the breadwinners of the family, when it comes to both the physical and mental health of the children, they should take time out from their hectic schedules to make sure that their child is healthy and happy. 

There maybe people who may not share my views. Maybe I'm just old fashioned. But no matter how they may argue, I feel children are missing out on a major part of their childhood if they don't have an opportunity playing under the sun, getting their knees scraped or having the joy of running their fingers through the sand. Children- they make the world a better place to be in; let's make theirs a healthier one. 

This post is written for Indiblogger in association with  Dabur Chyawanprash

P.S. That adorable sweetheart in the photo? She stole my heart :)


  1. Also nowadays everyone lives in apartments that are mostly close units of space and we miss independent houses and the freedom it gave us. It also deprives children of play areas which were taken for granted in our times.

    1. Exactly. They need more space. It's sad how they are living their childhood compared to ours. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Anita!

  2. Such a beautiful and important post. I too recall playing tag and hide-and-seek with my siblings and the neighbourhood kids during the summer, and toboganning during the winter. It's so important to be outdoors in nature, get some air and sun and light rather than indoors glued to the TV screen (as you say) as well as to other screens. It's no wonder children wear glasses at a younger age as you say. Some things are better 'old-fashioned!' ;) <3

    1. Thank you, Elly! Yes, kids are missing out on a major chunk of their life nowadays. Playing outside is so important from a young age.

  3. A poignant thought brilliantly put across....
    Good one!


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