Take a walk with your child
The weather is starting to change and for many of us that means that it's the perfect time of year to take our kids for a walk. Snuggle your toddler into their stroller and grab a jacket for your youngster and set off to experience nature.
W Give your child an opportunity to experience their world. Spark their wonder and promote their what ifs. Encourage each of them to listen for the wind as it whistles through the trees or gently folds over the wildflower pushing its way through the earth.
A Introduce your children to their neighborhood insects and animals; butterflies, Blue Jays, doves and squirrels are sure to be out and about. Point out the architecture, colors and textures that live where they do. And highlight the multicolored annuals which have begun to fill the hills and valleys where you live.
L Help your child to listen to life within their community. Point out the different languages spoken and help your children to learn about the many cultures that share their world. Heighten their senses to the floral aromas of lavender, Lilies and roses. And share laughter with your child with each new experience enjoyed. And don't forget to catch a Ladybug or two for luck!
K Show kindness as you revel in the kites that fly or the new born kittens that hide within the park bushes. And don't forget to include the shoreline in one of your walks where your children might sight a Killer whale or King crab! Remind your kids that their key to happiness is right there for the taking with each and every walk.
Consider choosing a theme for your walks. Have your children be on the lookout for birds, flowers, trees, clouds or more. Have them collect leaves, rocks, flowers or nuts along the way.And consider having your child capture the joy of their walk by drawing a picture or taking a photograph with your cell phone. Make sure that you annotate the date on each picture. This way, as the months pass by, you can help your child to remember what their world looks like in the spring, summer, fall or winter And make each walk a learning experience by sharing a Take A Walk Book with them. Check out www.takeawalk.com.
Enjoy your walk!