Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Getting Your Child Outdoors

There is a growing sense in the back of our brains that is telling us that we all are spending too much time indoors, away from nature. This is particularly true for our children. If you think back to happy moments in your childhood, what images do you conjure up? For many of us, it's images of playing outdoors. Yet many of our children are missing this as they are rushed from school to daycare to home to bed. When there is time for our children to be outdoors, it's often a struggle to get them away from video games, or off the phone. Click here for some tips we found written by Julie Deardorff on how to get your child outside and why it's important.

Interested in learning more about the growing movement to reintroduce children to the outdoors? Check out the Children and Nature Network to learn more!

1 comment:

  1. Great post! Dr. Edward Hallowell, author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, found that unstructured play with flow -- what children experience when they are playing creatively outside -- is one of the keys for happiness as an adult. Another book with ideas on getting kids outside is 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids by Rebecca Cohen.