Protecting Kids From Nature-Deficit Disorder

July 20, 2019

Quote of the Week

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." -- Rachel Carson

How To Protect Kids From Nature-Deficit Disorder

"Today’s kids spend less and less time outdoors, and it’s taking a toll on their health and well-being. Research has shown that children do better physically and emotionally when they are in green spaces, benefiting from the positive feelings, stress reduction, and attention restoration nature engenders.

No one has brought attention to this issue more than Richard Louv, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network and author of Last Child in the Woods [...]. Louv has written eloquently about the importance of nature for children and what they miss by spending too much time indoors. His books have inspired many parents and educators to more thoughtfully incorporate outdoor experiences into children’s daily lives. Louv also warns about the consequences for the environment if we don’t raise children who truly have a personal relationship with nature."

In this interview with Greater Good Magazine, Louv explains the severity of the problem and how together, parents, teachers and the community can help kids to reconnect with nature wherever they are. [read article]

Reading Corner

Title: Play the Forest School Way
By: Jane Worroll and Peter Houghton
Stage: All Families

Why?  "Forest School is founded on a philosophy of nature-based play encouraging children to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment. This book will get your children outside, making and building for real (instead of on a computer screen!). Whether your local woodland is a forest or a strip of trees along the edge of an urban park, these activities provide fantastic opportunities for family time and will encourage your children to fall in love with outdoor play again. Play The Forest School Way is the first book to share Forest School games, crafts and skill-building activities with families, its magical illustrations and simple instructions drawing children easily into a world of wonder." -- Publisher

Be the Change

Try one of these 30 ideas to prevent nature-deficit disorder together as a family this weekend!