We tend to block off many of our senses when we're staring at a screen. Nature time can literally bring us to our senses.
As a species, we are most animated when our days and nights on Earth are touched by the natural world. We can find immeasurable joy in the birth of a child, a great work of art, or falling in love.
How can our kids really understand the moral complexities of being alive if they are not allowed to engage in those complexities outdoors?
Natural playgrounds may decrease bullying.
Kids are plugged into some sort of electronic medium 44 hours per week.
Time spent in nature is the most cost-effective and powerful way to counteract the burnout and sort of depression that we feel when we sit in front of a computer all day.
No other youth group like the Scouts has trained so many future leaders while at the same time being a nature organization with its outdoor focus.
Kids are absolutely starved for positive adult contact.
Leave part of the yard rough. Don't manicure everything. Small children in particular love to turn over rocks and find bugs, and give them some space to do that. Take your child fishing. Take your child on hikes.
It's easy to blame the nature-deficit disorder on the kids' or the parents' back, but they also need the help of urban planners, schools, libraries and other community agents to find nature that's accessible.
By bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility.
Now, more than ever, we need nature as a balancing agent.
These days, unplugged places are getting hard to find.
If war occurs, that positive adult contact in every shape is needed more than ever. It will be a matter of emotional life and death. There's not a handy one-minute way of talking to your kid about war.
We are telling our kids that nature is in the past and it probably doesn't count anymore, the future is in electronics, the boogeyman is in the woods, and playing outdoors is probably illicit and possibly illegal.
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