23 September 2010

Rediscover your local library

When was the last time you visited your local library? If you're anything like me, it may have been quite a while but today I changed all that.

The local library in my town runs a story time for toddlers each Tuesday and Thursday morning. My 9+ month old son is usually having his morning nap at the time it is scheduled but today I decided to wheel him into town anyway so I could get some exercise.

Arriving at the library at the start of Toddler Story Time I was delighted to see that Matthew was still wide awake so I took him out of the pram to participate.

He had a great time listening to us sing songs (Dingly Dangly Scarecrow, Incy Wincy Spider, Open Shut Them, Twinkle Twinkle and many more) and watching the hand actions. Then it was down to business to listen to today's story. And in just under twenty minutes the entertainment moved onto toddlers making a paper medal so I put my son back in the pram and started to head out of the library.

As I was leaving, the latest Cathy Kelly novel caught my eye. Now, I had been planning to put this book on my Christmas wish list but I was not going to leave the library without it. Which meant that I needed to join the library. And in doing so, I decided to add several baby books to my bag to read to Matthew. If I was starting to get a little over our usual reads, I imagined he must be too. 

As a child, I was always a member of the local library and was quite the bookworm, devouring books whenever I could. Enid Blyton was my hero and in my teens, I loved the Babysitter's Club Series. But I hadn't been a member of a library for over five years....basically since I moved to Roxby Downs.

Joining up reminded me of all the benefits a library has to offer. Of course there's free books and dvds but you also gain access to all the extra entertainment without cluttering your home with items your baby soon tires with and which you need to dispose of or pass on at some point. But even more importantly, you get to teach your baby, through your actions, the environmental principles of reducing waste and reusing items and what great life skills they are. 

CATEGORY: books, consumption, environment, reading, story, time, toddler, waste, baby | POSTED BY: Meg Supel |

15 September 2010

Exercise with Baby

Last Sunday my husband and I headed down to the Roxby Downs town oval to compete in the Desert Dash, a 5 or 10km walk/run event. We were pleasantly surprised at not only the number of townsfolk who got out of bed early on the Sunday morning to compete, but the number of families, and young children that took part. One of my friend's two year old daughter proudly completed the 5km walk in just over an hour!

As children learn from us from pretty much the minute they are born, it is up to us as parents to influence how healthy and active they become as adults. If you're a couch potato, chances are, your baby will become one too. You only need to walk past your local primary school at the end of the day to see the long line up of cars containing one parent waiting for the gates to open to collect their child. If the car was left at home, not only would the parent and child benefit from the extra exercise involved in walking to/from school, but our environment would come up a winner as well.

Having a child that can't yet walk is no excuse either. Most babies love being pushed in a pram and being in the outdoors. So go on, leave the car at home and take baby for a walk! Your health and the environment will thank you for it.

The following photographs of the Roxby Downs Desert Dash 2010 were taken by Peter Dospisil of Roxby Downs.



CATEGORY: environment, exercise, walking, baby | POSTED BY: Meg Supel |