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Baby Brains

FatherwithyellowstrollerI love babies and I have to confess, my heart gets touched big time when I see fathers walking their babies or toddlers in their prams or strollers. I regularly see a grandfather strolling at a snail’s pace, pushing a mysterious grandchild in a large pram. He nods politely but I’ve often wondered if he felt that if he rushed, he might jar the baby awake as he keeps the pace even when rain threatens and it is sprinkling. And for all I know, he could be pushing a large watermelon in that pram as I’ve never seen the bub to date. He always has a muslin cover over the pram, but what a lovely grandfather he is to do this regularly and with such patience!

FatherwithmobilephoneWhat is astounding at times however, is the opportunities that the fathers and at times, mothers, are ‘wasting’ in not interacting or conversing with the child! You have a captive audience parents, why not make the most of it! I have to admit, I feel crestfallen when I see a parent reading or talking on their mobile or cell phone while automatically pushing the pram and not taking that opportunity to engage with their child.

We have heard often enough that a baby’s brain is like a sponge that is ready to soak up information as fast as it can, so, when scientists point out that 90 percent of the brain develops within the first five years of a child’s life and triples in weight by three years of age, we as parents, need to take note!  Would you also believe, billions, that is, not hundreds or thousands, or even millions, but billions of nerve connections or synapses are established in that time frame and these nerve connections are twice that of any adult? It is therefore imperative to stimulate and engage your child within those first three years of their life.

Remember folks, we are always being advised that ‘communication’ is the key! So go ahead and talk to your child! Babies love being engaged in conversation and happily interact with any adult who will smile and spend the time talking to them. They will giggle, laugh and coo whenever someone plays ‘peek-a-boo’ or recites a nursery rhyme with actions with them.

ButterflyonflowerI would often sing nursery rhymes while pushing the stroller or comment about the butterfly on the flower; the bird singing somewhere in the bush; the fluffy clouds overhead; the train travelling past in the distance or even the sound of a truck braking. My face would be animated as I would enthuse, ‘wasn’t that a noisy truck or listen to the call of that whipbird.’ My baby would listen intently absorbing the words, the enunciation, the expression and my enthusiasm.

And in the words of neurobiologist Martha Pierson, of the Baylor College of Medicine, ‘Children need a flood of information, a banquet, a feast!’ What exactly is she implying? She is encouraging adults to bombard and engage the mind of a baby with sounds, facts, figures, fiction and definitely, fantasy.

Sing to them, tease their minds with nursery rhymes, drive their imagination with tales of fantasy, and tickle their sense of humour with nonsensical poems and comedy. And all that can be done on the daily or weekly walk in their pram!

© Wendy Robinson September 2015

When you hold your baby in your arms for the first time, and you think of all the things you can say and do to influence him, it’s a tremendous responsibility. What you do with him can influence not only him, but everyone he meets and not for a day or a month or a year but for time and eternity. ~ Rose Kennedy

Disclaimer: The photos are not my own but are courtesy of the internet photo images.

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The Cycle of Life

Seasons come and Seasons go!FourSeasonsTrees

Life an ever-changing ebb and flow

With cycles of high and of low

A mixture of joy and of sorrow


Birth continues the cycle of life

With high hopes it’s without strife

Mothers dream of an existence that’s idealAfricanMotherandChild

While fathers hope for a future that appeals


Love underpins the cyclical game

The child blesses the union in expected frame

Whilst death brings finality in its wake

Much can happen with a lot at stake.


The purpose is to bear fruit or breed

Generations continue through the seed

Mankind is programmed to procreate

He has a chance when he selects a mate


His chances then multiply through rearing a sonShadowfatherandson

To carry his genes when the race is won

He has little choice in all that’s given

As it has been ordained by what’s driven


To increase and multiply is mankind’s role

Primeval needs and attraction seal the goal

A simple enough equation for man and for beast

From birds to bees, from the large to the leastHands


Life continues this immemorial theme

Some are planned, some are hit-miss schemes

It is natural as the day is long

The cycle of life is nature’s continual song


(C) Wendy Robinson August 2015

It may be said, in broad-brush terms, that the primary purpose of life is the continuation of life. A deep program for survival and reproduction underwrites the complex cycles of life, in which death is the grand equalizer. ~ Richard J. Borden, Ecology and Experience: Reflections from a Human Ecological Perspective

Disclaimer: The beautiful photos used are from the internet. My thanks go to the respective photographers.

Beach magic

Flowing, ebbing, in constant grace

The water’s edge a meandering trace

Of porous sand and fine-grained silt

In time immemorial sounds that lilt

A scene that plays out everyday

In unmarked, uncaring rhythm at play


imagesYPOO32VCThe bedraggled hound coated in sand

A mixture of damp fur and windswept land

Gambolling in sloppy, aimless strides

Paws in and out of the purposeful tide

A playful breeze, unceasing heat

Brushing against the burning feet


Sun kissed tendrils of golden silk

Lie upon cheeks of creamy milk

The child amidst his sandy carpet

imagesPSW77T2ICreates a lopsided castle turret

Happily coated in sunscreen and sand

Oblivious of time or hunger pangs


The call of the surf, sand and sea

Appeals to all with utmost glee

The child in all of us you see

Emerges in renewing energy

To run, dance, and happily play

From cool, clear dawn of new born day


Those hours of carefree abandon and bliss

In magical fantasy of daydream’s kiss

And memories that will live on forever

In hearts and minds and soulful endeavour

Much like the endless ocean and earth

Natures’ wonders live on in rebirth.


(C) Wendy Robinson 2015

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. ~ Rachel Carson

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