Take a political time out: Treat your infant to a nature adventure

Why not take a political time out and treat your infant to a nature adventure?

Take a political time out: Treat your infant to Nature adventure

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2015 — The political wars between Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will still be raging next month. Why not take a political time out and treat your infant to a nature adventure? 

Just as your eyes may light up polling data and political news, imagine how your infant’s eyes will sparkle at touching a leaf or seeing the fall colors change.

One way parents can play a powerful role in the development of their children — from infants to young teens — is to suspend their obsession with outside news and events to let their children’s world become part of their reality. Take time out and take a stroll around the neighborhood; head over to the neighborhood park; join your child in the moment.

Infants are fascinated by touch, feel and even smell. They’re fascinated by the sensory experience of the new.

Touch your infant’s cheek and then imagine how a leaf feels on a baby’s skin. Add in the comfort and excitement of your voice as you explain how nature works in the life cycle of a leaf. Your child will to be hanging on every word out of your mouth.

Why? You are assembling the building blocks of imagination, where their world expands and blends together in their mind with sight, sound, touch and feeling.

As fall moves in, you’ll have to start dressing your child and yourself for the weather, but even that can be a mini-adventure. Remember, small children like to crawl and splash if there is water; dress them in clothing that can stand up to water, grass and dirt.

Make it a game and don’t rush; make it fun. And don’t forget the wet wipes.

Take time to plan your nature adventure. When you go out on a nature walk, take a small bag to gather leaves and other interesting items; these might be saved for a family project. Think about some of the birds, animals and plants you might see on your walk.

Keep your camera or cell phone ready to record some moments with photos, and make sure your child is in them. This will help preserve the memories.

When you return home, reinforce the experience by retelling the sights and activities you shared. Let your child share the adventure with the rest of the family through show-and-tell and photos. These experiences will become priceless memories some day.

Each snapshot that a child shares is a memory and a family treat.

It will last a lot longer than memories of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and be more important to you than the presidential election season.

Cherish the time out and your child will too.

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs began writing professionally in 1975. He has been published in the "New York Times," and has written for the "Detroit News," "Michigan Chronicle," “GOPUSA,” "Soul Source" and "Writers Digest" magazines as well as the Ann Arbor and Cleveland "Examiner," "Free Patriot," "Conservatives4 Palin" and "Positively Republican." The former daily host of The Kevin Fobbs Show on conservative News Talk WDTK - 1400 AM in Detroit, he is also a published author. His Christian children’s book, “Is There a Lion in My Kitchen,” hit bookstores in 2014. He writes for Communities Digital News, and his weekly show "Standing at Freedom’s Gate" on Community Digital News Hour tackles the latest national and international issues of freedom, faith and protecting the homeland and heartland of America as well as solutions that are needed. Fobbs also writes for Clash Daily, Renew America and BuzzPo. He covers Second Amendment, Illegal Immigration, Pro-Life, patriotism, terrorism and other domestic and foreign affairs issues. As the former 12-year Community Concerns columnist with The Detroit News, he covered community, family relations, domestic abuse, education, business, government relations, and community and business dispute resolution. Fobbs obtained a political science and journalism degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978 and attended Wayne State University Law School. He spearheaded and managed state and national campaigns as well as several of President George W. Bush's White House initiatives in areas including Education, Social Security, Welfare Reform, and Faith-Based Initiatives.